LIBRARIES of EASTERN OREGON

Many points of light, one bright future

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. Serving the Oregon Counties of: Baker, Crook, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler.

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 goes far beyond supporting libraries - its mission 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 Listens

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!

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.

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

LEO LIBRARIES

Today LEO represents over 50 public libraries in 15 counties – Baker, Crook, Gilliam, Grant, Harney, Hood River, Lake, Malheur, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, Union, Wallowa, Wasco and Wheeler – and is reportedly the geographically-largest library consortium in the continental U.S., covering an area of 54,680 square miles or more than half the land mass of Oregon.

SUCCESS STORIES

All LEO’s success stories come from our partnerships with ours. Whether it was through foundation support, workshops, state wide or local community reading programs you can find out more about them here.

ARTPLACE

LEO Received funding from ArtPlace America to expand the offering of arts programming at the libraries and we used the arts to create a lasting impact on the communities that the libraries serve in Oregon. This was one of the largest undertakings we've been part of and the results are showcased here. Videos created from pairings of artists and farmers called Harvesting Our Stories, a look at the programs that were offered and a reference guide to arts and cultures in all the counties that make up our consortium. We've organized it to showcase performing arts, museums, art galleries, cultural centers and community arts organizations. Click here to be inspired!

HISTORY

LEO was founded in 2000 and has grown from a group of volunteers to being recognized as one of the state’s most important partners in contributing to the vitality of rural Oregon. Find out more about the work we have done in these communities over the past seventeen years.