New Program to Extend Library Access Statewide Continues to Grow!
Beginning January 2013, a new Oregon Library Passport Program began allowing card-holders from participating libraries to register and use other participating libraries across the state. Vernonia Public Library was signed up and an active participant from the beginning.
Here is how it works: Oregon public and academic libraries opt to become Passport Program participating libraries. Their registered card-holders are then able to visit, register without the customary “out of area” card fees, and use the materials at any other participating library. Their home library card becomes their “passport” or ticket to registering for library cards at other participating libraries throughout Oregon. Patrons are responsible for managing their checkouts, complying with the Passport member library’s policies regarding due dates, late fees, and materials limits, and must return materials directly to the library they borrowed from; there is no library-to-library return delivery mechanism.
So, if you are vacationing at the coast and need some beach reading, you can register for library cards in Astoria, Rockaway, Garibaldi, or Florence. Or perhaps you live in Vernonia, but work in Hillsboro, and want to use Hillsboro Public Library during your lunch hour. No problem. In addition, Oregonians who are conducting research will be able to tap into the vast resources of academic libraries, including the Oregon State University libraries, Oregon Health Sciences University and several community colleges. The key to the Passport Program is that you first need a library card from your participating local “Home” Library.
Passport Program details can be found at www.librariesoforegon.org/Passport including a list of Participating libraries. The list continues to grow – there are currently over 100 participating libraries with Multnomah County being one of the newest additions! Additional libraries are expected to join throughout 2013.
Stop by the Vernonia Public Library if you have any questions. Not a patron of the Vernonia Public Library yet? Not a problem! In just a few minutes we can get you signed up! If you are a resident of Vernonia, living inside the city limits, there is no fee for a library card. The out of town user fee is currently $40.00 for a year.