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JCLS is celebrating one hundred years of service in 2019. Join in the festivities at your local branch.

Your Libraries: 100 Years Strong

Jackson County Library Services Celebrates its Centennial, 1919–2019

A Century of Service

This year marks the 100th anniversary since the creation of Jackson County's Library system! To commemorate our Centennial, we are dedicating a year to celebratory programs that reflect the rich history of the last century, the dedication of our community, and a strong future. Check back here throughout the year for the latest events and announcements on this special celebration.

Library Interiors from 1921
Central Point, Jacksonville, Eagle Point (Circa 1921)

Centennial Book Challenge

Take the Centennial Book Challenge at the Medford Library! Read 100 books and win prizes along the way.
Fill out a reading log for every 10 books read, turn it in at the Medford Reference desk and get milestone prizes along the way!

  • Read 10 books: Get a free book!
  • Read 30 books: Mystery prize
  • Read 50 books by July: Drawing for $25 gift cards
  • Read 100 books by December 31: Drawing for the grand prize

Get your reading log here.

Cheers to 100 Years!

Please join Jackson County Library Services and the Jackson County Library Foundation for a wine and cheese mixer in celebration of our centennial. Celebrations will be held at five regional locations in Jackson County

Ruch Library

Saturday, September 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Medford Library

Saturday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Shady Cove Library

Saturday, October 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Gold Hill Library

Saturday, October 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Ashland Library

Thursday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Geocache Challenge

Come join us for a Meet and Greet as we kick off the Jackson County Library Services Centennial Geocoin Challenge! We will be meeting in the Carpenter Conference Room on Sunday, October 20th from 1–3 PM to talk about the challenge, hand out passports, and answer any questions that cachers may have.

Factually Interesting Things

In addition to the 15 branches of today, there were once Derby and Table Rock library stations and a Sam's Valley branch library.

During World War II, over 700 books were sent from the collection to U.S. Servicemen.

In 1923 the County library system was ranked second in the State, just behind the Multnomah County system.

100th Anniversary!

Significant Dates in Our History

1919 – Medford Library Board contracts with the County to serve as system hub.

1923 – Collection includes 13,000 books that circulated 98,000 times annually.

1956 – Reference service begins at the Medford library.

1958 – Annual circulation breaks 200,000 items.

1961 – The courier service takes over the delivery of books to branches.

1970 – Changes to system produce Jackson County Library Services and add Ashland and Rogue River as branches.

1986 – Ruch Branch Library completes the 15 branch system of today.

2000 – Bond measure provides money for new construction.

2007 – Library service is suspended for six months pending funding.

2014 – Voters approve the creation of Jackson County Library District.

2019 - JCLS celebrates 100 years of service.