August 23, 2020 –

Please read the updated information from the Eugene Public Library on resuming some library services on August 23, 2020. We will continue to work offsite at this point to comply with physical distancing requirements. Gift processing may experience some delays due to limited access to the Library and we thank you for your patience as we navigate offsite operations. Please let us know if you have any questions or need to be in touch at (541) 338-7018 or and we will respond as soon a possible.

Thank you, Reed

April 20, 2020 –

We are incredibly proud of the Eugene Public Library and the City of Eugene for meeting the challenge that our community faces by making digital library cards available to all living in the Eugene area, even those outside City limits, throughout the duration of the Eugene Public Library’s closure. 

Today, the need to connect people to online and digital tools for learning has never been more crucial. The Library offers a truly vast amount ofeBook, Audiobook, Movie, and music resources digitally as well as a curated selection of subscription-based services through the Library’s Info Hub

This means increased access for children living outside of the incorporated City who attend public school in Eugene. With the ongoing closure of all schools throughout our community, we believe library access is even more vital. Digital access for these children and youth during the Eugene Public Library’s closure will provide them with supplemental learning and resources as they navigate this uncertain time. At a time when it feels as though normal life has halted, we must remember the active imaginations and curiosity of our children haven’t stopped, and never should.

  Read more about our work with the Eugene Public Library, 4J School District, and Bethel School District to ensure that when children start school this fall, those living outside of incorporated Eugene continue to have access equal to their peers.   

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We are grateful for the support you provide for the Eugene Public Library Foundation and the beacon of our community, the Eugene Public Library.

In community (from my living room), 
Reed Davaz McGowan
(541) 338-7018 

March 17, 2020 – Please read additional information about the Eugene Public Library temporary closure here. 

Due to the temporary closure of the Eugene Public Library, Foundation staff will be working off site, and like the rest of our community, observing social distancing. We are available via email at or:

Reed Davaz McGowan
Executive Director

Madison Wilson
Administrative Coordinator

We will check messages regularly for our voicemail at (541) 338-7018.

We are still available for questions concerning donations, Booked for the Evening, and general Foundation business. 

  • If you would like to donate to support vital library services, you can either mail a check to our address in the footer (Eugene Public Library Foundation, 100 W. 10th Avenue Suite #317, Eugene, OR 97401), or donate online.
  • Follow us @eplfoundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates, literary laughs, and more.
  • Sign up children 0 to five for the Imagination Library!

March 12, 2020 – This morning we learned Governor Brown has cancelled large gatherings for the next month, and while our April 4 “Booked for the Evening” event technically doesn’t fall under her definition of “large” we have decided to choose the more cautious path. The health of our community is our priority. 

As with all nonprofits that rely on events for revenue, we didn’t make this decision lightly. The bottom line is this: social distancing saves lives and slows the spread of the illness, enabling the health-care system to care for those who need it. 

Since we do not know how disruptive this pandemic will be, or how long it will last, we are considering how to best maintain support for our Library in this difficult time and determine our next steps and timeline moving forward.  

For those of you who have sponsored or purchased tables and tickets for our April 4th event, we are offering you the following options: (1) a full refund if requested by April 1, 2020, (2) a hold of your payment to be honored at a rescheduled event, or (3) the opportunity to make your purchase a tax deductible gift to support our efforts to bring library access to all school-age students in Bethel and 4J districts. Please let us know which of these you prefer.

In this time of uncertainty, our character as a community will shine. The Eugene Public Library Foundation is very grateful to you for your steadfast support. 

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this announcement.

Reed Davaz McGowan, Executive Director
(541) 338-7018