County libraries join passport program

Hood River County Library District patrons have access to many libraries, thanks to the district’s involvement with the Sage Library System and an Oregon/Washington metropolitan-area library agreement. However, as of Jan. 1 library users are now able to get free cards at many other libraries throughout Oregon.

The library district recently joined the Oregon Library Passport Program, which allows patrons to get free cards at any of the other participating libraries.

The Oregon Library Passport Program, created by the Oregon Library Association, recognizes that library service ought to mirror the way Oregonians live, work, shop and play. Its premise is simple: If you have a card from a library that participates in OLPP, you can get a free card at any of the other participating libraries.

Participating libraries include public libraries, college and university libraries and special libraries that are open to the public.

Through previous agreements, Hood River County patrons already can access most of the libraries in Eastern Oregon, as well as libraries in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties in Oregon and the Fort Vancouver Regional and City of Camas libraries in Washington. However, OLPP allows patrons to access even more libraries.

Do you vacation on the coast? You can get free cards at the Astoria or Florence libraries. Are you doing research and need more specialized materials? You can also get free library cards at Oregon State University or Oregon Health & Science University.

All that a person needs to get a free card at a participating library is a card from his/her home library. You’ll then need to satisfy the regular registration requirements for the library from which you’re requesting a card. Materials need to be returned to the library from which they are checked out.

The Oregon Library Passport Program is free to people with a Hood River County Library District card. For more information, contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535 or info@hoodriverlibrary.org, or visit http://hoodriverlibrary.org.

More information about OLPP, including a list of participating libraries, can be found at http://libraries oforegon.org/passport.

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