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Oregon, Illinois 61061
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Building Project

New Future Plans

Why our Library is Good for our Community and Local Businesses

In 2004, the Oregon Public Library Board of Trustees negotiated the purchase of downtown property (located on the corner of Sixth Street and Washington Street - next to the Post Office) for the construction of a new library facility.

The following links are floor plan drawings and pictures of the proposed building.

Outside view

Second outside view

Floor plan drawings

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

The following link is the Tax Rate Summary broken down by daily, monthly and annual rates: Oregon Public Library Tax Summary Tables

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Why do we need a new Oregon Public Library?

"I think the health of our civilization...and our
concern for the future can
all be tested by how well
we support our libraries."
-Carl Sagan

In the year 1909 the community constructed a beautiful building to house a small community library with a small collection of just 2,400 books and an annual circulation of just 7,112. The building did not have to accommodate any type of technology such as computers or audio/visual materials.

Today, in the year 2012, the library houses a collection of over 32,000 books, periodicals, and audio/visual materials. The annual circulation is 42,000 items. There are no meeting rooms or comfortable areas for reading and research. There is not adequate space for computers. The children's area and the art collection share a room.