EUGENE, Ore. — Books–they’re what you expect to find at any library.
Ten years ago, the new Eugene Public Library opened downtown at 10th and Olive.
Opening additional room for computers, a larger children’s section, DVDs and CDs, and yes, more books–500,000 books.
Library Director Connie Bennett was hired shortly before the library reopened and is looking forward to celebrating 10 years.
“It’s a moment to stop and remember where we started from and it took a lot to get here,” Bennett said.
Bennett says the library has grown. In most cases, the numbers have doubled.
At the old location, it received about 610,000 visits per year. Now there are 1.4 million, about 4,000 visitors every day.
Its annual operating budget has also doubled from $5.2 million to $10.3 million. The figures include donations–money that is used to bring in authors, children’s programs and cultural entertainment, programs, along with day-to-day services which have gained national recognition.
The Eugene Library is a designated Star Library.
“We’re in the top 3-percent in the country with how efficient we are and how effective we work,” Bennett said.
Three years in a row it received this prestigious honor. The library has become a centerpiece for the community, for learning and gathering. Friday night at 6 p.m., another reason to come to the library is free cake and live music to celebrate 10 years.
Everyone will be invited to take their picture here declaring their love of the library. It will be used on the libraries social media sites.