April 5, 2021

Dear Community,

I am happy to share with you that April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week. It is a great time to stop and reflect on the importance of libraries to their communities. Libraries remain a cornerstone of democracy, promoting the free exchange of information and ideas for all. Libraries are more than buildings; we can often find them as the heart of the community.

I hope you feel the same way I do, that libraries are important in our world and the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library makes a positive impact in our community. If so, I encourage you to help us celebrate National Library Week! Pull out those “I Love Our Library” yard signs for the month, make use of our services and tell a friend who does not use the library about all of our awesome services. We are here to serve everyone.

Speaking of serving you, we hope we can open our doors again to you in the not-too-distant future. Please be assured that we are constantly watching for a change in guidelines from OHA that means we can open our doors. Currently Benton County is still in the High Risk category, meaning curbside pickup is encouraged and buildings are limited to 50% max capacity. For the library, these kinds of restrictions mean we can serve more of you by offering our current services of delivery and contactless pickup.

Trust me – we would love to have you back in the building and browsing for books. As soon as we can realistically do that and serve the entire community well, you’ll know about it.

In the meantime, take care and I hope to see you soon.