Eastern Oregon Word Round-Up!

The Word Round-Up celebrates a love of reading, writing and books - featuring programs and workshops in writing and publishing, a trade show, and a large book fair of used books contributed by area libraries.

The Eastern Oregon Word Round-Up will take a hiatus in 2015 and is planned to return in early fall 2016.

LEO Listens Initiative

LEO manages Library2Go accounts for Eastern Oregon public libraries through the Oregon Digital Library Consortium. Library2Go offers 30,000+ downloadable audio books for personal computers, iPods and iPhones or any compatible device with Windows Media Player software. Through the LEO group discount, the nearly 50 participating public libraries receive Library2Go at a substantial discount based on overall population served by the library - for the smallest libraries the annual fee is a few hundred dollars, rather than nearly $3,000 if the service was purchased by the single library. Access Library2Go 24/7 from any internet connection, using your library card!

ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America!

Part-time, contractual positions will be created for this project. To obtain our Request for Qualifications - due August 18, 2015 - click here.

LEO has received a prestigious national grant award from ArtPlace America for "The Arts: Engage at the Library!", an 18-month project to promote the arts as a community and economic development tool - with community outreach through the library. LEO was selected as a 2015 grant recipient of $250,000 - one of 38 awards selected from almost 1,300 applicants. At least 30 LEO libraries will participate in this project, launched in August 2015. Partners include the nonprofit Northwest Photography Archive and Oregon Poetic Voices. ArtPlace America is a consortium of foundations, banks and federal agencies. Much of our effort in late 2015 and throughout 2016 will focus on this project - stay tuned for more news!


Components of the STARS program - Science Technology and Rural Students - launched by LEO and OMSI were incorporated into official NASA education policy. LEO libraries have enjoyed many programs from The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, including recent months-long tours of the Magic Planet exhibit.

"50 States For Good" Award

Tom's of Maine

LEO was selected as one of 50 nonprofits in the U.S. - one in every state - to receive a $10,000 award from Tom's of Maine, Inc. as recognition of good deeds in the nonprofit sector. LEO's award was based on its efforts to help libraries in the region benefit from collaboration and goodwill by partnering together on various projects such as programs and Library2Go, the 24/7 service that allows library patrons to access ebooks, music and videos from any internet connection. Thank you, Tom's of Maine!

Lighting Up the Libraries

LEO's vision paper was ranked as the state's sixth most important sustainability project under the Oregon Solutions program. "Lighting Up The Libraries" called for rural libraries to step up to meet information and technology needs for the 21st century.

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Welcome to Libraries of Eastern Oregon!



A nonprofit organization founded in 2000, LEO serves 50 public libraries in 15 Eastern Oregon counties, encompassing an area larger than several New England states combined.

Oregon: Baker, Crook, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler counties

Like directors of libraries and library consortiums elsewhere, the LEO board of directors seeks to enhance civic engagement, social capital and the personal development of individuals - recognizing the benefit to society of a well-informed citizenry and the worth of each person regardless of socio-economic factors.

The public library is an essential part of the rural community and contributes directly to rural vitality.

LEO is funded through library memberships, fundraising efforts, grants and direct contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations.

LEO activities to serve rural libraries include:

  • Partnerships - for cost efficiencies and strength in collaboration
  • Community Programs - lifelong learning for all ages
  • Infrastructure - help with facility, technology and collection needs
  • Professional Development - workshops for area library staff and volunteers
  • Advocacy - recognition of the library as the heart of the rural community

LEO's mission goes far beyond supporting libraries - it is to provide expanded horizons for the people of this region. LEO's efforts support lifelong learning and communal gathering as essential to quality of life in each community that is served. 


LEO is grateful for support from these organizations: 

ArtPlace America

The Oregon Community Foundation

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Tom's of Maine, Inc.

The Wildhorse Foundation

The Templeton Foundation

Swindells Charitable Trust

Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust

Braemar Charitable Trust

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Education Foundation

Oregon Cultural Trust

Juan Young Trust

Oregon Arts Commission

H. Merlo Foundation

James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation

The Collins Foundation