On Aug. 2, the Yoncalla Library will become the sixth of the former Douglas County Library System branches to reopen.
The Yoncalla Library will be able to check out books, thanks to an intergovernmental agreement signed between the city and the Douglas County government, which owns the books. The city owns the building, and has agreed to let the Friends of the Yoncalla Library run the library.
Doris Bartlett, who serves as Yoncalla’s representative on the Douglas County Library Futures Task Force, said the Yoncalla group expects to have enough money from fundraising and a generous donation to rehire the librarian. Computers were scheduled to be installed ahead of next week’s opening, thanks to Pat Fahey of Sutherlin Sanitary, who also provided computers for the Sutherlin Library.
Things are looking up for the Glendale Community Library as well. For months, efforts to reopen that library appeared to be stalled, as the Glendale City Council was reluctant to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the county to operate the library, Friends of Glendale Library President Bryan McNutt said.
Last month, the county agreed to sign an IGA with the library friends instead, and on July 10, the city council agreed to lease the library facility to the friends group at a nominal rate. The friends group has applied for 501c3 status as a nonprofit.
An informational meeting on developments and reopening of the Glendale Community Library will be held at 7 p.m. July 25 at the Special People's Depot, 181 Glendale Town Road, in Glendale.
To date, five of the former Douglas County Library System’s 11 branches — Reedsport, Sutherlin, Oakland, Myrtle Creek and Riddle — have reopened. Most have all-volunteer staffs, though Reedsport has a paid librarian.
The 10 smaller branches closed down April 1, while the main branch in Roseburg closed at the end of May. Roseburg city staff has been directed to come up with a business model for reopening its library.