Welcome to Libraries of Eastern Oregon!
A nonprofit organization founded in 2000, LEO provides services to 53 public libraries in 16 Eastern Oregon counties — an area larger than several New England states combined:
Baker, Crook, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Jefferson, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler counties
LEO helps remote, rural libraries maintain traditional services and values that are reflective of the communities they serve, while at the same time convening connection with distant partners that help strengthen the library as the heart of the community.
Like libraries and library consortiums elsewhere, LEO 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.
LEO is funded through library memberships, grants and direct contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations
- Community Programs
- Professional Development
LEO's mission goes far beyond supporting libraries - it is to provide expanded horizons for the people of eastern Oregon. Public libraries serve as the heart of the rural communities. LEO's efforts support lifelong learning and communal gathering as essential to quality of life in each community that is served.
Current or past supporters have included:
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