Eugene Public Library

Eugene voters could see a property tax levy on the November ballot to help fund library services. The City Council discussed several options at its Wednesday work session. The previous library levy was allowed to expire four years ago. The Sheldon, Bethel and downtown branches now receive about 10-million dollars a year from the city's general fund. But the needs of other departments, as well as increased benefits and payroll costs have led to cuts in library hours.

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The Eugene City Council is considering a local option levy to improve public library services. The council heard Wednesday from Library Director Connie Bennett. She described options for a local funding levy. She also told a story of an elderly man who is a regular at the library. He'd been estranged from his family.

Bennett: "Library staff was able to connect him with his sister within a few weeks of her death. With your help we can multiply this kind of story by a thousand-fold by increasing access to library services in Eugene."

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A bedbug problem at the Eugene Public Library seems to have been solved. But, the pests are popping up in rentals in Lane County.

St Vincent de Paul Executive Director Terry McDonald says bedbugs do not discriminate.

McDonald: "You can be in a very expensive place or a very modest home or facility and bedbugs can find their way in."

McDonald says he's heard of bedbugs in some of St. Vinnie's rental properties.

Eugene Public Library Holds Community Conversations

Oct 10, 2014
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Throughout October, The Eugene Public Library will be holding five open discussions on how it can better satisfy visitors’ needs in the next 10 years.

The Eugene Public Library has looked at what improvements other libraries are making and explored the role of libraries in the future. But director Connie Bennett said there was a big piece missing from their visioning, the community’s voice.

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The Eugene Public Library is participating in a program aimed at supporting parents to read to their children. Friday, the library announced it's affiliation with The Dolly Parton Imagination Library. 

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A water line broke Monday at the Eugene Public Library downtown. Fire officials believe the rupture was caused by the unusually cold temperatures.  

Eugene-Springfield Fire Department’s Lance Lighty says the water line was located in the ceiling above the 4th floor.

Lighty:   “They were able to get the water shut off, and then contain it to the 4th floor.  It did drop a bunch of ceiling tiles and got some furniture and stuff wet.  But it sounds like they got the computers and stuff moved out of the area, so there was no damage there.”

The Eugene Public Library has been ranked in the top 3% in the United States for cost-effective service.

Library Journal conducts the ranking. It looks at four factors, including circulation, visits and program attendance. Connie Bennett is Eugene Library's Director. She explains the fourth factor.