The Douglas County Library Foundation works to improve financial support for the libraries by securing gifts, grants and bequests. All the money collected and property acquired by the library foundation is used to support the libraries of Douglas County. Libraries matter.
You can contact us by mail or send donations to:
Douglas County Library Foundation
1224 NE Walnut St., PMB 800
Roseburg, OR 97470
Libraries in Douglas County:
Canyonville: Address: 250 N. Main, Canyonville Phone: 541-839-4727
Hours: Monday 11am-3pm Thursday 1pm-6pm Saturday 10am-2pm
Drain: Address: 205 West “A” Ave., Drain Phone: 541-836-2648
Hours: Tuesday 2pm-7pm Wednesday 11am-6pm Friday 11am-6pm Saturday 11am-4pm
Glendale: Address: 3rd and Willis, Glendale Phone: 541-832-2360 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Wednesday 10am-2pm Friday 12pm-4pm Saturday Noon-4pm
Myrtle Creek: Address: 231 Division, Myrtle Creek Phone: (541) 860-7272 Email: email@example.com
Hours: Monday 10am-4pm Tuesday 3pm-7pm Wednesday Noon-4pm Thursday Noon-6pm Saturday 10am-2pm
Oakland: Address: 637 NE Locust, Oakland Phone: 541-459-9784
Hours: Friday 10am-4pm Saturday 10am-1pm
Reedsport: Address: 395 Winchester Ave., Reedsport Phone: 541-271-3603
Hours: Tuesday Noon-6pm Wednesday 10am-6pm Thursday Noon-6pm Friday 10am-2pm
Riddle: Address: 637 First Ave., Riddle Phone: 541-874-2070
Hours: Tuesday 1pm – 6pm Wednesday Noon-5pm Friday 11am-4pm
Roseburg: Address: 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg Phone: (541) 492-7051 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: Tuesday 1pm-8pm Wednesday 11am-5pm Thursday 11am-8pm Friday 11am-5pm Saturday 10am-2pm
Sutherlin: Address: 210 E. Central St., Sutherlin Phone: 541-459-9161 Email: email@example.com
Hours: Tuesday 11am-5pm Wednesday 11am-5pm Friday 11am-5pm Saturday 11am-5pm
Winston: Address: 440 SE Grape Ave., Winston Phone: 541-679-5501
Hours: Monday Noon-6pm Tuesday Noon-6pm Thursday Noon-6pm Friday Noon-6pm
Yoncalla: Address: 194 Birch, Yoncalla Phone: 541-849-2128
Hours: Wednesday 10am-5pm Thursday 2pm-7pm Saturday 11am-3pm
Guest editorial from the News-Review, Thursday, November 14, 2019:
Foundation has helped communities for 38 years
The Douglas County Library Foundation was formed in 1981 in order to lead the drive to build the beautiful building that, in 1993, after a twelveyear effort, became the headquarters for the Douglas County Library System and which now houses the Roseburg Public Library.
Starting in 2008, due to the Douglas County Commissioners’ decision to no longer fund new books and other materials, the DCLF contributed $30,000 to $40,000 annually to provide books, Audio CDs, and DVDs as well as newspaper and magazine subscriptions.
Faced with 10% annual county budget cuts to our library system beginning in 2008 and with no guarantees of continuing future county funding the Library Foundation formed the Library Futures Committee, a subcommittee charged with studying ways to help ensure that the citizens of our county all have access to free adequate and sustainable library service. From that committee a broader group emerged, the Save Our Libraries Political Action Committee which led efforts in 2011 and 2016 to create a county-wide property tax-based library district that would serve the entire county and meet the standards necessary to meet the needs of our population.
Those efforts failed and since 2017, after sixty years of operation as a county library system, there has been no county-wide library system here, only independent local libraries..
Three of the original eleven county system public libraries formed their own smaller library districts, headquartered in Drain, Reedsport and Roseburg since then, each serving a part of the community and with all three supported by property taxes. The three of them combined are serving about thirty percent of our neighbors.
The remaining libraries, in Canyonville, Glendale, Myrtle Creek, Oakland, Sutherlin, Riddle, Winston and Yoncalla, are all doing their best to serve the remaining seventy percent of the people who live here. Lacking any tax base, they are operating on greatly reduced open-door hours and are depending on charity to pay the bills and on the efforts of volunteers to do the work that used to be done by professionals. These poorer libraries are all struggling to survive and, lacking both tax bases and professional librarians, do not qualify, under Oregon law, as public libraries and are ineligible for state support. In short, they are all better than nothing but still inadequate and, in the long run, unsustainable.
Since 2017 the Douglas County Library Foundation has been supplying grants to all eleven of the libraries, helping to fund summer reading programs for children, computer upgrades, books and services as requests come in. On the average the foundation has been helping out with some $70,000 to $80,000 in grants per year. Still, split eleven ways, it doesn’t really amount to much, considerably less than the $2.3 million dollars per year that they had among them when the Douglas County Library System was in operation and everyone in the county could walk into any one of our libraries and borrow books with a single card.
Supporting our libraries benefits the entire community and not just the thousands of people, young and old, who use them regularly. Supporting our libraries is a public act of compassion that affects us all.
We urge you to do what you can to keep the doors open at your local library and the shelves well-stocked with books, DVDs, audio books, magazines and newspapers. Stop by your library and visit for a bit. Talk with the volunteers who work there. Learn about all the many services available. And donate, because they cannot keep running without charity. You can give to your local library directly or you can donate online to the Douglas County Library Foundation to support all of them online at: www. dclsfoundation.org.
Robert Leo Heilman is a member of the Douglas County Library Foundation’s Board of Directors
Check out the stories to learn about how libraries matter to Douglas County residents. Find the library closest to you, read news about libraries, and feel free to donate. And, here are some quotes about how libraries matter:
“When you are growing up, there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully-the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equalizer.” –Musician Keith Richards
“I could be happy if I could think that the role of the library was sustained and even enhanced in the age of the computer.” –Bill Gates
“Libraries are community treasure chests, loaded with a wealth of information available to everyone equally, and the key to that treasure chest is the library card. I have found the most valuable thing in my wallet is my library card.” –First Lady Laura Bush
“The part of my education that has had the deepest influence wasn’t any particular essay or even a specific class, it was how I was able to apply everything I learned in the library to certain situations in my life. . . The library takes me away from my everyday life and allows me to see other places and learn to understand other people unlike myself.” –Musician Gloria Estefan
“Librarians have always been among the most thoughtful and helpful people. They are teachers without a classroom. No libraries, no progress.” –Broadcaster Willard Scott