DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- The Douglas Education Service District is expanding the library loan system they provide to schools to include the county libraries.
ESD Superintendent Michael Lasher said this free service is something they wanted to do to help out.
“It was something we offered up early on in an effort to be a part of the community and offer something that could be of value in the process,” Lasher said.
The libraries all have to sign an agreement to be part of this new system.
While many have already signed on, there are still a few that are waiting for approval from their city government.
Others, like the Mildred Whipple Library in Drain, just haven’t opened their doors yet.
Sutherlin is still waiting for approval from the city, but their representative in the Douglas Community Library Association, Rick Troxel, is excited about the prospect of having more books available for their patrons.
“Well, you know, we have 23,000 books and other materials, CDs and stuff. This will expand the availability to over 100,000 materials that people in our library can enjoy.”
The ESD said they will be offering these services to Reedsport as well, but it’s not certain if they will join the Douglas County agreement, or the Coastal Library System.
The Douglas ESD will begin their courier services July 11, running books around the county once a week.
When school starts back up, it will expand to twice a week.