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Douglas ESD proposal could allow Roseburg library location to remain open

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The closure of Douglas County's main library is quickly approaching and one organization is eyeing the building as a potential new home.

The Douglas Education Services District (ESD) is proposing to become an “anchor-tenant” in the Roseburg headquarters library.

This would allow the Roseburg library to remain open since many of the ESD’s services overlap with those of a library.

It’s possible this would include overseeing a volunteer library staff.

"We can't promise any funds that go to the school districts already to library services,” Douglas ESD communications specialist DD Bixby said, “so it's not very fleshed out. It really is just an idea that is possible. But we do have an infrastructure that could very well serve to expand our services and include libraries."

The proposal comes as an option for the ESD, which is currently looking to either renovate its current location or relocate altogether.

Right now they're located in an old grocery store building on Stephens, but they're looking for more space to grow.

"This is the people's library,” added Bixby, ”so we are a part of your community and we are an agency that loves serving this community. We would love to serve the community in this way if that's the way they so choose. However, it is the community and the commissioner's decision."

There is currently no timeline for when a decision could be made regarding the main library space.

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