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Roseburg votes to accept county library building

December 13, 2017 GMT

The Roseburg City Council voted to accept the deed for the former county library building, clearing the way for a transfer to the city by Douglas County.

No date has been set for the Douglas County Commissioners to discuss the transfer. But a press release said the commissioners were looking forward to reviewing the city’s proposal and moving forward after Monday’s Roseburg City Council decision.

“I think it’s really great that the community came together to make this work, and it shows how much the city and community care about providing quality library services. It really shows, not only in Roseburg, that communities want to be involved, and I am so glad I could be a part of this growth, along with the other commissioners in Douglas County,” Douglas County Commissioner Gary Leif said.

The 35,000-square-foot building on Northeast Diamond Lake Highway in Roseburg was closed in May when the county stopped library operations for budget reasons.

The city has been studying how to reopen the library as a city-operated facility by June 2018, the tentative date to start offering some programs. Obtaining ownership to the library building is a requirement for some grant applications.

Consultants hired by the city with a grant to evaluate the condition of the Roseburg library, built in 1993, did not find any reason the city should not accept the building.

Roseburg is now working with PIVOT Architects, of Eugene, as well as a library consultant, to determine the cost to remodel the building and provide minimum staffing to reopen as a city library.

The city is looking at Douglas Educational Service District as a co-tenant to share the costs of operating the building.

The Roseburg library is one of 11 libraries that were closed after the county’s decision to close libraries for budget reasons. Since then, nine of the 11 libraries have reopened, according to a county press release, in Yoncalla, Reedsport, Oakland, Sutherlin, Myrtle Creek, Canyonville, Glendale, Winston and Riddle.