Eugene Public Library

The Eugene Public Library is a municipal public library in Eugene, Oregon, United States. It has been in four different buildings since 1898.

Eugene Public Library
CountryUnited States
Location100 W. 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
Branches3 (Downtown, Bethel, Sheldon)
Items collectedBooks, CDs, DVDs, magazines, audio books; streaming/download ebooks, audiobooks, music, movies[2]
Access and use
Population served150,000 (Eugene)[2]
WebsiteOfficial website
The Eugene Public Library branch at West 10th Avenue and Charnelton Street
The institution, a Carnegie library, circa 1910[3]


In 1898, a group of women founded the Fortnightly Club and opened a private reading room in a store building in downtown Eugene.[4] Eugene Public Library was established as a tax-supported entity in 1904.[1][5] In 1906, Oregon's first Carnegie Library was established on the corner of Willamette Street and East 11th Avenue.[4][6] In 1959, a new library building opened at the corner of West 13th Avenue and Olive Street.[1] This remained the main library building until it was moved to its current location at West 10th Avenue and Charnelton Street in 2002. At this time, the library already had two branches—Bethel (West Eugene) and Sheldon (Cal Young neighborhood)—that had opened in 2000.[1]

In 2003 the new library building won first place in the American Institute of Architects of Southwest Oregon's public architecture awards.[7] The library received a $1.1 million bequest in 2009 from the estate of Frederick "Doc" Rankin, a Eugene doctor and property owner who died in 2004.[8]

Current buildingEdit

The library's latest building and its underground parking garage have been described as "energy efficient, low maintenance, and filled with daylight."[9] The new building is four times larger than the older one.[10]

The number of users of the library approximately tripled after the new building opened, and then further increased following the economic downturn of 2008.[11] In addition, its collection of items has had a net increase since 2005, as well as its circulation and visits.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d "Grand opening" (PDF). Eugene Public Library. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 1, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "About the library." Eugene Public Library. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
  3. ^ OSU Special Collections and Archives: Gerald W. Williams Collection (May 21, 2012). "Carnegie Public Library, Eugene, circa 1910". Flickr. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Walker, Barbara (21 January 2021). "Fortnightly Club of Eugene". Oregon Encyclopedia. Portland State University and the Oregon Historical Society. Retrieved 25 March 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Lowry, Marian (August 20, 1931). "Eugene Public Library 25 years old Thursday." The Register-Guard (Eugene, Oregon). Retrieved September 1, 2010.
  6. ^ Scheppke, Jim. "Carnegie Libraries in Oregon". The Oregon Encyclopedia. Portland State University. Retrieved April 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "2003 awards". AIA Southwest Oregon. Archived from the original on July 24, 2011.
  8. ^ Bolt, Greg (November 15, 2009). "Library gets $1.1 million gift". The Register-Guard. Eugene, Oregon. p. B1. Retrieved January 2, 2013.
  9. ^ "Sustainable, high efficiency lighting in a municipal library". Lighting Design Lab. Archived from the original on July 20, 2011.
  10. ^ "City of Eugene, Eugene Public Library." Shepley Bulfinch. Retrieved September 1, 2010.
  11. ^ Adams, Tom (August 12, 2008). "The library as a tranquil oasis." KVAL News (Eugene, Oregon). Retrieved September 1, 2010.
  12. ^ "Library, Recreation & Cultural Services Annual Report 2010" (PDF). City of Eugene. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 10, 2011. Retrieved February 18, 2011.

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Coordinates: 44°02′55″N 123°05′41″W / 44.0487°N 123.0948°W / 44.0487; -123.0948