About Your Libraries - Mission & Organization


Mission
Use and Statistics
Library Bill of Rights
Governance and Funding
Library Administration

Mission

The mission of the Jackson County Library is to preserve intellectual freedom and strengthen the communities it serves by providing open and affordable access to ideas and information.

To achieve its mission, the Jackson County Library has three primary roles:

  • to be the open door to learning and reading for preschool children;
  • to give excellent reference assistance to individuals and organizations seeking information;
  • to provide popular materials for reading, listening and viewing for all ages.

As a secondary role, the library serves as a support center for formal education.

Use and Statistics

Jackson County Library Services consists of 15 library branches open 310 hours per week.

Free to all residents of Jackson County, the Library has a collection of over 630,000 items including books, magazines, newspapers, DVDs, music CDs, and downloadable eBooks and audio books. Approximately 47,000 items were added in FY 2012-2013. Over 1.6 million items were checked out.

On average, 60,000 people enter the library branches each month. About 6,000 use the meeting rooms each month. Thousands attend over 3,000 programs held each year for all ages. Patrons log in over 13,000 sessions per month on the 170 Internet-use computers to access e-mail, apply for jobs, and use online resources. WiFi is available in all 15 branches.

The JCLS Website www.jcls.org gets over 40,000 hits a month. Access to the library catalog, online databases, downloadable eBook and audio books and much more, is available 24/7 from the Website.

For more statistics about Jackson County Libraries go to: JCLS Fiscal Year 2012-2013 statistics and Oregon Public Library Statistics.

Our staff and volunteers are eager to help you. Click here for branch locations and hours.

Governance and Funding

Public library services are provided to people by Jackson County government, which is overseen by a Board of Commissioners composed of three persons elected by county residents.

To advise them on library matters, the Board appoints seven citizens to a Library Advisory Committee. The committee meets on the second Monday of each month; minutes for recent meetings are available online. Meetings are open to the public and anyone who wishes may discuss matters with the committee.

Funding for library operations comes from grants, donations, and library fees (approximately 23%) and from Jackson County's General Fund (approximately 77%).

 Library Administration

The Library Director is responsible for all day-to-day operations of Jackson County Library Services. The Library Director can be reached at the Medford Library, 205 South Central Avenue, Medford, Oregon 97501, phone: 541-774-8679.

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