Library Passport Program Gives Portlanders Statewide Access

Multnomah County Library has joined a statewide exchange, granting Portlanders access to over 100 participating libraries across Oregon

By Cari Johnson October 28, 2013

The days of buying trashy novels at roadside gas stations are over—in Oregon, at least. Your little white library card now entitles you to free books, resources, and even Internet across the state. 

The Multnomah County Library announced that they have joined the Oregon Library Passport Program, giving patrons access to resources beyond county boundaries. Vacationers, travelers, and short-term visitors can now cozy up with a free book from over 100 libraries throughout Oregon.

The Oregon Library Passport Program allows residents to use their “home” library card to apply for a card at participating libraries. Multnomah residents can now access libraries at their favorite vacations spots—from the Columbia River Gorges to the Oregon Coast to academic libraries at Oregon State and the University of Oregon.

“Patrons who live in Multnomah County can now experience the riches of libraries across the state,” explained Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke. “And those who visit our area will have even more ways to enjoy their time here.”

The Passport Program began in January 2013 for a three-year trial period. Available resources vary from each participating library, and typically limit visitors to a reduced number of checkouts.

For more information, and to see a full list of participating libraries, click here.  

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