Welcome to Libraries of Eastern Oregon!
A nonprofit organization founded in 2000, LEO serves 55 public libraries in 16 Eastern Oregon counties and one county in Washington State, 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
Washington: rural Walla Walla County
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:
The Oregon Community Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
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