West Linn joins state passport program, allowing access to state libraries

Whether you are heading to the coast or to Sun River, West Linn residents can now bring their library cards and check out books from other SUBMITTED - West Linn joins state library passport program.

During its April 8 meeting, the West Linn City Council approved a resolution to join the Oregon Library Passport Program.

This growing program allows library card holders in the system to receive free library cards from participating libraries across the state. It also allows those visiting West Linn to check out items from its library.

Currently, West Linn library cards are only valid at Clackamas County libraries. Additionally, under the Metropolitan Interlibrary Exchange (MIX), West Linn residents can receive cards from libraries in Washington and Multnomah libraries, an agreement in place for 20 years and increases access to library materials and services in the tri-county area.

According to Patrick Duke, West Linn’s interim library director, using the MIX model, the Oregon Library Association created a three-year pilot passport program. Under the agreement, users may get library cards and check out a limited number of items from a participating library. Duke referred to the program as moving toward a statewide library card for Oregon citizens.

“The directors of the LINCC (Library Information Network of Clackamas County) libraries are excited by the OLPP (Oregon Library Passport Program), seeing it as an effective means of extending services to our citizens without additional direct cost,” Duke wrote in a March 28 staff memo to City Manager Chris Jordan.

Each library can come up with its own policies regarding checkouts, fines and access, according to Duke, but LINCC directors wanted its libraries to participate as a whole with the same policy. Under this policy, an OLPP user can check out up to five items from the West Linn library, whereas West Linn cardholders can check out up to 50 items. Also, the temporary passport cards each expire after one year.

“It’s completely voluntary. It’s all completely open and completely flexible,” Duke told the city council. “This a stripped down card. This is really a very, very modest card. The benefit is for West Linn citizens to go to other libraries throughout the state.”

Duke anticipates the financial and operational impact on West Linn to be minimal as the city is not a large tourist attraction that sees many out-of-town visitors.

“The impact on West Linn citizens, by contrast, will be positive, improving access to library materials statewide,” Duke wrote in his memo. According to Duke, more than 80 libraries have already joined the program. If it chooses, West Linn can withdraw from the program with 60 days of notice.

The council unanimously approved the resolution. For a complete list of participants, visit

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