The leaders of the member libraries comprising Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Services (CCRLS) are committed to anti-racism.
Our libraries welcome everyone. As library leaders, we particularly condemn the systemic racism which adversely affects the lives of Black, Indigenous , and People of Color. Such prejudice is antithetical to the institutional values of our libraries. We are committed to fighting racism wherever we find it in ourselves and our communities. In doing so we reaffirm that our libraries are:
- places of learning and gathering for the entire community
- safe places to explore and celebrate our differences and similarities
- supporters of intellectual freedom and the right of assembly.
We acknowledge that no institution is free of bias, and that it is our responsibility to look deeply at our own libraries and actively strive towards justice for all who live in our communities. We stand with ALA and our library colleagues across the country in condemning violence and racism.
To encourage awareness in ourselves and in our communities, the CCRLS member libraries encourage exploration of anti-racism activism, police violence in the United States, and related topics by starting with our online catalog of books and electronic resources.
Doors may be closed for the time being, but CCRLS member libraries are continually looking for ways to meet your needs at home, work or wherever you have online access. Check out this well-rounded collection of eMagazines from Overdrive.
CCRLS is pleased to announce that Ancestry (a genealogist favorite) is temporarily available remotely, thanks to the generosity of our vendor(s); requires a valid CCRLS library card. Just one more thing you can do from home during these unusual & challenging times.
Caught without a library card? No worries! Even though our member libraries are currently closed in response to the Coronavirus situation, you can still register for a library card online. Just go to the CCRLS catalog and look for the 'Register' option...
A temporary account will be created for you, one which will allow you to access most of our electronic resources (i.e. ebooks, Kanopy, etc.). When our member libraries re-open, you can visit and upgrade the account as needed.
CCRLS services all of the interlibrary loan (ILL) borrowing requests generated at our member libraries. In light of COVID-19 library closures, locally & throughout the country, we are temporarily suspending that service. We will resume this activity as local libraries re-open and external libraries re-establish their ability to lend/send materials.
In response to COVID19-related library closures, CCRLS is temporarily extending hold expiration dates. Active holds which are filled will still transit to the pickup library you specify. However, the item(s) may not be available until that library re-opens. Similarly, the expiration date associated with an unfilled hold will not be affected by library closures.
CCRLS member library Directors have agreed that when the timely check-in of materials is affected by operational disruptions or closures instituted due to the COVID-19 public emergency, that affected materials will be checked in free of overdue fines.
CCRLS is actively monitoring information and advice from state and county public health officials about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). As a library cooperative, we are working closely with our member libraries to respond as needed to this developing situation. Information regarding library closures can be found here.