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City manager confirms tentative plans to reopen the Douglas County Library

The city manager talked at a city council meeting about a plan to reopen the library.

Posted: Oct 12, 2017 4:24 AM

ROSEBURG, Ore. - At a city council meeting on Monday, October 9, city manager, Lance Colley told councilors that work was being done on a plan to reopen the Douglas County Library.

The library closed back in May due to lack of funding. Residents of Roseburg were devastated to see it go.

The plan to have it up and running again comes down to a partnership with Douglas Education Service District. The District would move it's headquarters into the library building and help run operations of the new facility.

While other libraries in the county had been able to open with all volunteers, this one will need a paid staff since it served as the headquarters for the previous library system. 

Residents were thrilled to hear there is a plan in the works.

Diana Larson says it's worried her to live in a town without a library because she home schools her children. 

”They have assignments where you come and get the books from the library and to tell people in other parts of Oregon, ‘well, we don’t have a library…’ it’s a little unsettling.”

The city manager implied this may not be possible until the next fiscal year, which begins in July of 2018.

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