Text a librarian

Send your question to the library via text message. We collaborate with other libraries to answer your questions on any topic. Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 am-8 pm, Friday 8 am-5 pm, Saturday 10 am-2 pm, Sunday 2-7 pm.

Here's how it works:

Text the word multcolib and your question to 66746 (sms) or 503-616-2223 (sms). We usually answer within 10 minutes (though it can take longer).

Text messages are an especially convenient way get quick facts like these:

  • what elevation is Roseburg Oregon?
  • how many Hitchhiker's Guide books were written? 
  • what is the number for Hillsdale Library?

There is no charge to text a librarian, other than your normal text message rate. We do our best to answer each question with a single message, but sometimes it is necessary to ask a follow-up question or two in order to give you the best answer possible.

We're happy to answer questions about your library account. At times when this service is staffed by librarians from another library, they will refer account-related question to us, and we will respond at our earliest opportunity.

We respect your privacy

We won't keep your phone number, but Mosio, the company that helps us provide this service, keeps it for a year as required by mobile service carriers. We may keep the text of your questions and our answers indefinitely (for the purposes of statistical reporting, research and training), but we will never tie it to any of your personal information. Neither we nor Mosio will ever send you unsolicited messages.