When discussions began about assessing a library card fee for patrons living outside Roseburg city limits, community members expressed an interest in covering the cost for some individuals and families for whom this would present an overwhelming barrier. The result is Roseburg Public Library’s Library Card Sponsorship Program.
The program is available to potential library patrons who are residents of Douglas County outside Roseburg city limits and are enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This metric was chosen because eligibility rules require that participants’ gross income be at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level; additionally, SNAP benefits are allotted to users through a preloaded card that can be verified easily by library staff.
Potential recipients of the sponsorship program must complete an application form, which is available at the library or at roseburgpubliclibrary.org. Forms may be dropped off at the library’s main desk or mailed to Roseburg Public Library, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Ste. 100, Roseburg, OR 97470.
The program is funded solely through donations, which may be submitted in person at the library or mailed to the address noted above.
The first deadline for applications and donations is 5 p.m. Feb. 15. Library staff will then conduct a random drawing from all eligible applications and the number of recipients will correspond to the amount of money received in donations. The recipients of a library card membership must show their SNAP card to library staff to obtain their library card, which will be good for one year from the date of issue. After one year, recipients must repeat the application process. The library will conduct random drawings at least twice a year.
A library card is required only to check out materials, including ebooks. Everyone is welcome to utilize the materials and services available in the library at no charge. These include public computers and wifi; databases; student testing and career building online resources; newspapers and magazines; books; games computers for children; storytimes and other special events; and more.
Free library cards are issued to residents of the City of Roseburg as well as students who live or attend school in the Roseburg Public School District geographic boundary; this includes students in private schools or homeschools. For those who don’t qualify for a free card, a fee of $15 per quarter or $60 per year is assessed for one card that may be shared by all members of a household.
For more information about the Library Card Sponsorship Program or other Roseburg Public Library programs and services, stop in to the library, call 541-492-7051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See you at the library!