Commissioners vote to provide building for library services to City of Roseburg

File photo of the Douglas County Library headquarters building in Roseburg, January 24, 2017. (File/SBG photo)

ROSEBURG, Ore –– Douglas County Commissioners voted to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Douglas County and the City of Roseburg for the county library building and its assets.

The IGA requires the City of Roseburg to provide library services, or Douglas County will take back ownership of the building, the county said.

The City of Roseburg has plans for remodeling to include space for the Education Service District (ESD), who plans on partnering with the Douglas Communities Library Association (DCLA), so the Douglas County Commissioners are giving Roseburg time for completion.

Douglas County Commissioner Gary Leif, who has been a liaison to the Library Futures Task Force (LFTF) and DCLA said, “We’re looking forward to the City of Roseburg planning to partner with DCLA and ESD to provide library services, not only for Roseburg, but to other city libraries around the county, too. This is a big step in the right direction.”

Out of the eleven libraries in Douglas County, Roseburg’s was the only building owned by the county. Nine of the eleven libraries have reopened, with the help of volunteers, to offer library services: Yoncalla, Reedsport, Oakland, Sutherlin, Myrtle Creek, Canyonville, Glendale, Winston, and Riddle.

The Commissioners also voted to dissolve the LFTF, as the DCLA is now taking on that work.

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