Eastern Oregon Word Round-Up!

Our signature event - held at Tamastslikt Cultural Institute on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Pendleton

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.

Mark your calendar for the 2014 Word Round-Up, set for the 1st weekend in October!

LEO Listens Initiative

LEO manages Library2Go accounts for Eastern Oregon 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. Audio books are accessible with a library card and internet connection.

"Lighting Up The Libraries"

LEO's vision paper was ranked as the state's sixth most important sustainability project by Gov. John Kitzhaber 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.


Components of the STARS program - Science Technology and Rural Students - launched by LEO and OMSI were incorporated into official NASA education policy in 2006.


LEO is a founding member of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) - one of only a few initial founders from east of the Cascades.


In 2007, OMSI received the prestigious Leading Edge Award from the International Association of Science & Technology Centers and the National Leadership Award from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services - both based in large part on OMSI's innovative partnership with LEO.

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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