Multnomah County Library joins Oregon Library Passport Program

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oct. 15, 2013 — Multnomah County Library has joined the Oregon Library Passport Program, giving Multnomah County residents access to more than 100 libraries in Oregon.

The Oregon Library Passport Program is a pilot exchange program that allows residents of participating library systems across the state to use their “home” library card to apply for a library card at other participating libraries in Oregon. Terms of use for this program are established by each participating library, and materials must be checked out and returned at that library (or library system).

Under the new program, Multnomah County residents can apply for a library card at participating libraries located in popular vacation areas, like the Columbia River Gorge, Mt. Hood, the Oregon Coast and the eastern part of the state. Academic libraries at the University of Oregon, Oregon Health Sciences University and other institutions are also participants in the program.

Participation in the Oregon Library Passport Program will increase access to library services and materials for people who travel to or conduct business in the Portland metro area. Under the program, Oregon Library Passport Program cardholders from other areas may access up to 10 checkouts and 10 holds, plus Internet access, but not remote electronic database access, interlibrary loan or some other services provided to Multnomah County residents.

Residents of Clackamas County, Hood River County and Washington County in Oregon and residents of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library and Camas Public Library service areas in Washington are eligible to apply for a full-service Multnomah County Library card under the terms of the Metropolitan Interlibrary Exchange.