City of Roseburg takes step to reopening public library

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The City of Roseburg is a step closer now to having a public library again.

The Roseburg City Council voted to accept the deed to the headquarters library building from Douglas County.

It has some Roseburg residents excited.

"It’s wonderful; I love the library and we need it, and it's going to be great," said resident Judy Dake.

The City is showing people what the library could look like inside, with floor plans that reveal how they plan to share space with the Douglas Education Service District.

"We started imagining what a modern updated library really could look like and, certainly, the important role it plays for the community," said Roseburg City Councilman Brian Prawitz.

People in Roseburg may soon have a chance to get their hands-on library books, but the City says patience is key in keeping it open for good.

"A lot of people would like to see it happen sooner,” Prawitz said, “but the goal for the City of Roseburg is if we can come up with the financial model that works for the City to reopen this library and never have it close again."

A suggested floor plan also includes a special spot for a children's library.

We spoke with Roseburg residents who say it's important for kids to have a space of their own.

"They learn to read books and know that they're there,” said resident Judy Kuad. “They don't have to purchase them and borrow them. They can take them back and enjoy 'em. It's something that we do all of our lives and it's starting from ground one."

City officials are hoping to have the library back up and running next summer so everyone can have access to books in the area.

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