Oregon Libraries could reopen before year’s end

Libraries might reopen by the end of the year as Jackson County officials consider an outsourcing bid for all 15 branches that offers more hours of operation at a cost that is 30 percent cheaper.

“My personal conviction is that we will have our libraries open before the end of the year,” said C.W. Smith. “That’s my goal.”

The county is considering a proposal by Maryland-based Library Systems and Services LLC (known by the acronym LSSI) to provide library services for $6 million, nearly $2.7 million less than if the county had continued to operate the libraries, which closed April 6 because of a budget shortfall.