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New program extends library access across state

Posted: Friday, Jan 11th, 2013

A new Oregon Library Passport Program allows cardholders from participating libraries to register and use other participating libraries across the state. The Oregon Library Association launched the voluntary program Jan. 1 to help expand Oregonians’ access to library materials, a concept that has been a goal of the professional organization for many years.

“The Oregon Library Passport Program recognizes that library service ought to mirror the way Oregonians live, work, shop and play, and reduce barriers to library service,” said Michele Burke, president of the Oregon Library Association.

The underlying premise of the Passport Program is that cardholders of legally established libraries ought to be able to use other legally established libraries. The Passport Program is meant to be an exchange; a library extends service to users of other participating libraries, and vice versa.

For the complete article see the 01-12-2013 issue.

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