Five years ago the Douglas County Library System closed, leaving a hole in the services available to our communities. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated individuals and community volunteers, nine branch libraries reopened within a year of the county system’s closure.

Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review. She can be reached at or 541-957-4218.

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review, mother of two and a native of Roseburg. She is an alumni of RHS, UCC and Western Oregon University. Contact her at or 541-957-4218.

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The libraries were Forced to become independent. I doubt they are all happy about this. Being 100% dependent on volunteers is a losing battle. Not only do volunteers staff the library but they also do marketing and fundraising to keep materials fresh.

The county commissioner in charge when this was voted down spread misinformation & ignored the many good ideas for keeping the library system in place.

That commissioner is Chris Boice. Voters should vote him out because he does not know how to solve community problems.

Robert Heilman

The closure of the county library system in 2017 marked the triumph of barbarism engineered by our county board of commissioners.

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