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Library reopening book drops in May, curbside planned for June


Grants Pass, May 18, 2020 —In response to the Office of the Governor’s decision to place Josephine County in Phase One of the Oregon reopening plan, Josephine Community Library (JCL) is implementing its reopening procedures.

The week of May 18, library staff will reenter the buildings and prepare a safe working environment with the recommended personal protective equipment. Staff will then set up procedures for quarantining returned books.

The library will reopen the book drops Thursdays and Fridays in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek beginning Thursday, May 28. This timeframe will allow for quarantining and sanitizing of 15,000 items due to be returned to the library.

“We’re excited to take steps to reopen our community’s libraries,” said Kate Lasky, library director. “The first step is to restart circulation by opening the book drops and sanitizing the returned items to make them safe for check out again.”

In mid-June, all JCL branch libraries will begin offering curbside service two days a week. More information will be made available on the library’s website as the time nears.

The JCL Board of Directors and staff are taking the necessary precautions to protect the health and welfare of patrons, volunteers, and staff. The facilities will not reopen until volunteers are able to safely return during Phase Two of the Governor’s reopening plan. Some considerations for reopening include supply chain availability of adequate personal protective equipment for staff and volunteers to follow regulatory orders.

Online library services such as instant online library card registration, ebooks, audiobooks, language and learning tools, and virtual programs will continue to be available. Internet and WiFi will remain accessible outside all four library branches 24/7. Library staff are also available for technical assistance by phone at all four branches during regular service hours.

For more information about the library’s reopening plan and digital services, send an email to or call 541-476-0571.

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In May 2017, citizens placed a measure on the ballot to permanently fund the libraries in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek. For the previous 10 years, the libraries were supported by generous donations and the heroic contributions of more than 360 volunteers annually. The newly formed Josephine Community Library District (JCLD) is committed to enriching the community through access to quality library services across Josephine County and will continue to rely heavily on volunteers to run all four library branches. Anyone interested in getting involved with the library can send an e-mail to

Brandace Rojo

Communications Manager

Josephine Community Library District

200 NW C Street

Grants Pass, Oregon 97526

office: 541-476-0571 ext. 114

fax: 541-479-0685