Library Levy

2020 Levy Renewal

On November 3, 2020, City of Eugene voters approved Measure 29-309 to maintain Eugene Public Library’s existing service levels for an additional five years starting July 1, 2021. This decision continues the benefits of the 2015 levy: increased open hours, free events and availability of materials and technology at the Downtown Library, Bethel Branch and Sheldon Branch.

2015 Library Levy Report

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On Nov. 3, 2015, voters approved a five-year local option operating levy (Measure 20-235) to fund expanded services, increased hours, free programs and materials and technology. No matter what you are looking for, EPL strives to help you find your next adventure. This report covers the time period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Levy cover graphicEugene Public Library supports an informed community, lifelong learning and the love of reading by providing access for all city residents to the universe of ideas and information.

For nearly 120 years EPL has been helping people find what they’re looking for. Today, that idea of access has expanded. More than 3,000 people use the Library each day. This includes the traditional circulation of books and resources and also access to a wide variety of digital offerings and skill-building resources like the Maker Hub and Media Lab. Eugene Library is a place for everyone. We host free cultural and educational programs for all ages that support a lifelong love of reading and provide a focus on literacy and informing our community. Your Eugene Public Library card is now more powerful than ever. 

  1. More Programs & Services
  2. More Materials & Technology
  3. More Hours & Access
  4. Accountability & Transparency

Programs and Services graphicAs anyone who enters our doors can attest, Eugene Public Library is much more than books and resources. Well balanced and diverse programming, coupled with a patron-first service approach, makes EPL a partner with our public. Adults, teens and kids alike are informed, entertained and inspired at our programs, and our community has access to new and emerging technologies through our Maker Hub and Media Lab.

Programs and ServicesOur Levy Promise 

Our levy promise was to increase events by a third over the life of the levy. In FY 2019 EPL presented almost 2,300 programs to more than 65,000 participants. This exceeds our goal of 1,800 programs. The programs included language-rich activities for young readers. Each week, the Library offers 12 story times plus an offsite Storytime-To-Go program. We held 791 free programs offered for young readers with 27,206 participants in FY 2019.

As our young readers progress into their teen and young adult years, we adjust our approach to meet them where they are. Since 2018, EPL has joined a national trend to engage teens by focusing on hanging out, messing around and geeking out.

This has increased opportunities for young adults; and hundreds of teens experience safety, support and inspiration in the Library each day. We saw huge strides in this effort. Teen programming and attendance was our largest area of growth. We nearly doubled teen-specific programming to 355 activities and we increased attendance by 87 percent.

It’s not just programs we promised to increase

We also said we’d add more Maker opportunities. In addition to Maker programs that are open to everyone, Library cardholders have access to workshops and independent project work in our Maker Hub and Media Lab  in the Downtown Library.  These spaces allow community members to learn and experiment with new digital and technological tools without having to invest in them at home. Nearly 3,000 people used the spaces in FY 2019.

The Teen Center

At the Downtown Library the Teen Center has been expanded and remodeled to serve changing needs and help young adults in a variety of life areas, and this focus has helped bring more teens into a supportive environment downtown. The positive impact has gone beyond just providing access and a safe space, though. The Teen Services team and our community partners helped spearhead an effort with local nonprofit 15th Night to put on a clothing drive, and more than 80 youth from all walks of life were able to get clothes, hygiene products, blankets, backpacks and more. EPL relies on its partners, 4J and Bethel school districts and volunteers to fulfill our promises to the public.

This report shows one side of the levy story. One of promises made and promises kept. The greater picture, though, shows how increased access, programs and materials contribute to a more informed and engaged community, and this is evident in countless stories from the public. 

After all, libraries are not just about books, they are about people. Expansion of services provided by the levy helped EPL meet the needs identified by our community and meet people where they are. Library staff, partners and volunteers spend every year supporting an informed community and fostering lifelong learning and a love for reading. That’s at the heart of our work.

We’re committed to free access  to the universe of ideas and information for our community. We want to serve our community through changing times. That dedication allows EPL to adapt and remain essential to the lives of residents, and it keeps the Library a truly public space.

Eugene Public Library Levy Report

Specific plans are built into the levy to ensure accountability and transparency, including: separate levy fund budget and accounting (as per state law); annual staff summary of spending and performance measures; annual review by the citizen Library Advisory Board; and an annual City Manager’s report to City Council.

Regular updates will be posted here on the Library’s website. Printable pdf files are provided below.

Year 1 Levy Report

Year 2 Levy Report

Year 3 Levy Report

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