WINCHESTER — Umpqua Community College is inviting the public to visit its library. As Douglas County commissioners move forward with plans to close the county’s sole remaining library in Roseburg, UCC wants the community to know its library is still an option for people who love books.

UCC has been a part of the county’s shared library system since 1991. If a customer searched the countywide system and found that a resource was available at UCC, then UCC would send that resource to any branch located within the county’s system, making it available for the customer to check out.

When the 10 outlying branches located in Canyonville, Drain, Glendale, Myrtle Creek, Oakland, Reedsport, Riddle, Sutherlin, Winston and Yoncalla closed on April 1, UCC’s ability to participate in the shared program stopped as well.

“In addition to being a part of a shared system for more than 25 years, we’ve also had a community card option for a long time,” said, Carol McGeehon, UCC’s library director. “To receive a community card, all a person must do is prove they are a Douglas County resident.”

UCC’s collection is primarily made up of non-fiction and academic works. The fiction collection is very limited. Visitors have access to the print, digital, and e-books collections. There is also an internet-accessed computer that can be used by public users for one hour at a time.

“We just want the public to know they still have a place to go and check out books,” McGeehon said.

The library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. The library is not open on weekends. For more information, call 541-440-4640.

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Vera Westbrook is the education, nonprofits, and arts and entertainment reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4216 or by email at

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They actually have quite an extensive library there at UCC. So see it isn't the end of the world you have choices. There are options available.

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