Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service

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Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service
CCRLS sun logo.jpg
TypePublic Library
LocationOregon, United States
Size1.1 million items held by member libraries
Access and use
Circulation2.25 million by member libraries
Population served465,000 district residents in 2017
Members228,767 registered to member libraries
Other information
DirectorJohn Hunter
References: Oregon Public Library Statistics, 2016–2017[1]

The Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) is a library cooperative serving residents of the Chemeketa Community College district, which includes most of Polk, Yamhill, and Marion Counties, and a small portion of Linn County in Oregon. The CCRLS offices are located on the campus of the Chemeketa Community College in Hayesville, an unincorporated suburb of Salem, Oregon. The Cooperative works in tandem with the member libraries to determine services, policies, and procedures. The organization is governed by the College Board of Education, with input from the CCRLS Advisory Council, made up of one lay member from each county and one representing the rural areas, five library directors, and one city manager.[2] Although considered a public library by the State of Oregon, CCRLS has no holdings of its own, but operates as a service overlay coordinating 16 independent and locally owned libraries into a cohesive system able to provide service to all citizens of the District.

A map of the CCRLS district boundaries, showing individual library service areas, unserved areas, and detailing the CCRLS funding structure.


In 1972, a $12,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant was given by the Oregon State Library to the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments to fund a study of the library needs of citizens in the tri-county area surrounding Salem, Oregon. At that time, statistics showed that of the 240,500 residents of the area, 100,000 did not have local library service.[3] The plan that developed out of this study recommended implementation of five basic services: a bookmobile, courier service between libraries, a district-wide library card, provision of reference and information service to smaller libraries, and a film circuit service. Unable to fund a bookmobile in the first year of operation, a books-by-mail service was implemented, instead. Initial funding was provided by a 1973 Library Services and Construction Act grant. At that time, the Chemeketa Community College administration was designated the fiscal agent for the grant money funding the new Library Service. The Cooperative began operating in 1974, and in its first two years provided library service to 41,800 previously unserved, rural users.[4][5] In 1975, special legislation (Oregon Senate Bill 160) authorized community college districts to establish public libraries, clearing the way for CCRLS to operate as a department of Chemeketa Community College.[6][7]

During its first decade of existence, CCRLS was funded through a series of levies. The Service was highly visible to the public because of the necessity to approach the voters every few years for funding. Services changed in a minor way, with books-by-mail eventually being deleted as a less cost effective service. In 1985 the Chemeketa District voters approved a tax base for the college, a portion of which was dedicated to CCRLS.[8] This created (before the years of property tax limitations), the first stable funding for a public library multi-jurisdictional system in the State of Oregon. This funding allowed CCRLS to pursue library automation, and for the first time, the CCRLS member libraries were linked by a computer network and integrated library system that allowed library users to search all 18 libraries' catalogs at one time, and request material from any of those locations to be delivered to their home library within days.[9]

CCRLS today[edit]

CCRLS courier truck at the Dallas 4th of July parade

Current CCRLS services include: reimbursement to cities for serving non-city patrons, courier service among libraries, lost book reimbursement, an integrated automated system, net lending reimbursement, a rotating collection of bestsellers for small libraries, and a pass-through grant from State funding for children's services. All direct services to patrons, including bookmobile services, have been discontinued. Instead, CCRLS provides greater service to the member libraries in the form of computer networking and equipment, centralized software administration and support, cataloging services, and payment for numerous online services such as downloadable audio and ebooks,[10][11] readers' advisory services, language learning software, and access to online databases available through the Oregon State Library.

CCRLS member libraries[edit]

CCRLS membership includes 16 public libraries and one community college library:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Oregon Public Library Statistics". Library Support and Development Services. 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service: an Evaluation". 1976. p. 10 (14). Retrieved March 30, 2018 – via icon of an open green padlock
  3. ^ "Making Wider Use of Library Resources". The Oregon Statesman. June 30, 1973. p. 4. Retrieved March 28, 2018 – via icon of an open green padlock
  4. ^ "Regional Library Service to Start". The Oregon Statesman. June 30, 1974. p. 2. Retrieved March 28, 2018 – via icon of an open green padlock
  5. ^ "Renew regional library service". Salem Weekly. March 23, 1980. p. 6. Retrieved April 3, 2018 – via icon of an open green padlock
  6. ^ "Chapter 357 — Libraries; State Archivist; Poet Laureate". Oregon Revised Statutes, 2017 Edition. p. null. Retrieved March 28, 2018 – via icon of an open green padlock
  7. ^ "The Biennial Report of the Oregon State Library, July 1, 1974 - June 30, 1976" (PDF). Biennial Report. August 1976. p. 12. Retrieved April 3, 2018 – via icon of an open green padlock
  8. ^ "Education comes out a winner". Statesman-Journal. March 28, 1985. p. 10. Retrieved March 28, 2018 – via icon of an open green padlock
  9. ^ "Long library lines, Relief on the way". Statesman-Journal. September 23, 1985. p. 6. Retrieved March 28, 2018 – via icon of an open green padlock
  10. ^ "Kindle, Mid-Valley libraries team up". Statesman-Journal. October 10, 2011. p. 13. Retrieved March 28, 2018 – via icon of an open green padlock
  11. ^ "DOWNLOADABLE AUDIO BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE AT AREA LIBRARIES". Salem Weekly. August 30, 2007. Retrieved March 28, 2018 – via icon of an open green padlock

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