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Library Facts
What's Great About Oregon Libraries?
  • Oregon public libraries rank #2 in circulation per capita in the United States (2010).
  • Oregon public libraries rank #2 in resource sharing (2010).
  • Oregon public libraries rank #12 in local operating income per capita (2010).
  • Oregon school libraries have collaborated to build the Oregon School Library Information System to bring electronic library resources to all of Oregon's students.

What's Great About the Oregon State Library?
  • The Oregon State Library celebrated its centennial in 2005.
  • Oregon is the only state that devotes all of its state grants in aid to improving library services to children.
  • The Oregon State Library had one of the first Web-based information portals for state agency customers and still has one of the best.
  • The Oregon State Library occupies the historic State Library building, built in 1939 (and still spacious and functional), right across the street from the State Capitol.
  • The Oregon State Library licenses periodical and newspaper databases for all public, academic, and school libraries in the state.
  • The Oregon State Library funds Answerland, Oregon's statewide collaborative virtual reference service.
  • The Oregon State Library is one of the first state libraries to develop a digital repository for all state documents whether printed or "born digital".  
  • The Oregon State Library Talking Book and Braille Library circulated more talking books in FY 2014 than ever before in its 45 year history.