Staff members tape a closed sign to the front door to the Douglas County Library Roseburg branch in May 2017. The branch closed due to budgetary reasons, leaving the city of Roseburg without a public library branch of its own.

Staff members tape a closed sign to the front door to the Douglas County Library Roseburg branch in May 2017. The branch closed due to budgetary reasons, leaving the city of Roseburg without a public library branch of its own.

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The reopening of a public library in Roseburg as a city-run facility took a step forward Monday with a Roseburg City Council vote to approve the first reading of an ordinance that creates the Roseburg Public Library along with a Library Commission.

The ordinance will go into effect on March 1 if the City Council approves a second reading at its Feb. 26 meeting. The City Council will hold a public hearing at that meeting to consider a supplemental budget for the opening of the library.

City Manager Lance Colley said the city was still hoping to get the library open in summer 2018. But that timeline was contingent on being able to hire contractors for renovation work, Colley said.
 
The 35,000-square-foot library would be renovated to provide office space for a possible co-tenant, the Douglas Education Service District. The city is looking at the district to use some of the building for administrative offices and share costs of its operation.

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