The Hood River County Library District is committed to delivering excellent library services to all of the citizens of Hood River County, Oregon. The District serves and enriches our community by providing access to the power of information and imagination.
The District includes branches in Hood River, Cascade Locks and Parkdale with the full range of traditional library services, free wifi and public computers, programming for all ages and many new online and technological options they’d like the GTA to know about.
While the first Hood River library opened 100 years ago in 1912, the Library District has officially been in existence for 8 years after voters passed the measure in 2010. Over the last 10 to 15 years, libraries have seen a shift in demand towards more electronic resources, programming and outreach. To serve this demand, the District provides online full-text magazine databases, digital audiobook and e-book checkouts, and even services such as online sample tests for the GRE, SAT and Professional Exams (law enforcement, pharmacist, etc.). The District offers drop-in tech support covering many devices as well as technology related programming.
The district has been developing a Makerspace that will feature technology and programming from robotics to coding to DIY. Makerspace programming began in the Spring of 2018 and construction on the space will be finished by the end of 2018. Makerspace programs for all ages are currently being offered in the library.
The District belongs to the Sage Library System, a 77-member consortium consisting of most of the public, academic, and many of the school libraries in Eastern Oregon. The system is run on Open Source software which allows them to quickly make changes to serve their needs. The system also enables District patrons to borrow materials from any of these libraries for free.
The Hood River County Library District is a member of the GTA to share their broad range of services with the tech business community. Even though members might already have their devices and not use the library much, they’re encouraged to check out the online resources. Contact the Library at firstname.lastname@example.org or learn more at http://www.hoodriverlibrary.
- Rachael Fox, Director
- Arwen Ungar, Assistant Director
502 State Street
Hood River, OR 97031