Online Staff Report
OREGON, Ill. — “Beyond Books,” theme of the proposed new Oregon District Library, will feature an expanded, fully accessible area to facilitate new research and preserve existing records of Ogle County’s genealogy and history.
The 103-year-old Carnegie Library that has served the area since 1909 has a small basement room that is overflowing with records of the Ogle County Genealogy Society, leaving very limited room to research and maintain those records.
The new facility will substantially expand the functional space for the genealogical society, as well as providing space for shared research capabilities with the Ogle County Historical Society.
Unique history to Ogle County, like the mass migration from Washington County, Maryland, in the late 1880s, will be accessible to all in a new facility.
The new library’s location next door to the Ogle County Historical Society’s Ruby Nash Museum will make the 100 block of North Sixth Street a cultural destination for northern Illinois.
The nonprofit citizen’s group Friends of the Library is working to bring information about this facility to the voters before the April 9 referendum. More information is available from the Friends of the Library at 300 Jefferson St., Oregon, IL 61061.
The Oregon Library District has been awarded a onetime grant that will pay nearly half the cost. This grant was awarded because of the inability of the old building to meet library requirements in 2013. Grant funds are dedicated and can only be used for library construction.
Posted April 3, 2013