Kris Wiley

Kris Wiley

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 kwiley@cityofroseburg.org. See you at the library!

Kris Wiley is the director of the Roseburg Public Library. She can be contacted at 541-492-7051 or kwiley@cityofroseburg.org

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review, mother of two and a native Roseburgian. She is an alumni of Roseburg High School, UCC and Western Oregon University. She can be reached at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

(5) comments

Mogie

Wow what a great idea! Nice to see people who live outside the city limits aren't being turned away because of inability to pay the $60 annual fee. Hope everyone who applies gets a card.

PassionInPolitics

I guess something is better than nothing!

nr77

We thought all Roseburg residents could get a library card for free. Very disappointed in this close minded $60rule. After all, it was all County residents who paid taxes to get that library built in the first place, not just people in the city limits. And now they want $60 a year? No wonder the parking lot is empty.

melrosereader

Operating costs for the City of Roseburg library in the city's General Fund ($355, 535) are funded by the taxpayers who live within the city limits. The building itself was paid for a long time ago. In short, the city's residents are paying the taxes that keep the library open.

nr77

We work in town, we shop and eat there and support the city businesses., if they want more business the library should lower the price to $20 a year and have limited check out volume like Salem does. Almost nobody else charges for a card. $60 is ridiculous, what a rotten deal for the taxpayers of Douglas County.

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