Douglas ESD to expand courier service to libraries

Books line shelves in a library

June 11, 2018 – Book-sharing services for libraries throughout Douglas County will resume in July as the Douglas Education Service District expands its courier system.

The new service is being offered as part of the ESD’s partnership with the City of Roseburg to open the Roseburg Public Library. The courier system will begin July 11 and will be available to all libraries in the county.


Libraries will become added stops along the ESD’s current courier route, which serves 13 member school districts. Libraries will be included in the schedule during the regular school year, as well as once a week during the summer and other times when schools are normally closed, such as spring and winter breaks.


All libraries within the current school district route will be able to participate at no charge. The hope is to also serve Reedsport Public Library, although it is not located in the regular ESD service region.    


Libraries will designate pickup and drop-off areas, with books and other materials marked with their destinations. The materials will be delivered either the week of pickup or the following week. The ESD will be contacting libraries with its scheduled delivery times, and libraries can choose when they would like to begin the service.


The Roseburg Public Library, which is expected to open in October, will also be able to use the courier system.


“We are thrilled to be able to help libraries around the entire county share materials and meet the needs of their communities,” said Michael Lasher, Douglas ESD superintendent. “This will resume a much-needed service that helps expand learning opportunities for our county students and community members.”


The Douglas ESD is working with the City of Roseburg to open the Roseburg library, formerly the main branch of the Douglas County Public Library System. Through the partnership, the ESD will become an anchor tenant in the facility, providing operational services and cost-sharing for the building.