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RESOLUTION NO. 5136 <br />A RESOLUTION CALLINGA CITY ELECTION ON <br />NOVEMBER 3, 2015, FOR THE PURPOSE OF REFERRING <br />TO THE LEGAL ELECTORS OF THE CITY OF EUGENE <br />A MEASURE AUTHORIZING A FIVE-YEAR LOCAL <br />OPTION LEVY FOR THE FUNDING OF LIBRARY <br />OPERATIONS. <br />The City Council of the City of Eugene finds as follows: <br />A. <br />Despite reduced budgets in recent years, the Eugene Public Library is heavily used by our <br />community. In FY14, the Library served over 3,000 visitors daily and processed nearly <br />three million check-outs. The Library provided more than 1,800 programs, ranging from <br />storytimes to classes to entertainment with approximately 55,000 community members of <br />all ages attending these free events. Monthly, the Library’s three locations provided over <br />75,000 wireless sessions and 18,000 Internet computer user sessions. <br />B. <br />The City’s Library Services funded byGeneral Fund and donation funds. The FY16 <br />$10.6 million budget pays for the following existing services: <br />a.Downtown Library services 61 hours across seven days a week <br />b.Bethel and Sheldon Branch services 26 hours over five days a week. <br />c.Publically available technology to use at the Library. <br />d.Ability to use your own technology to access library services online 24hours per day, <br />7days each week. <br />e.Purchase of a limited amount of new materials. <br />f.Approximately1,200free public programs offered at the Library annually, for all <br />ages. <br />g.Some off-site programs, all of whichserve those unable to come into the Library, <br />such as storytimes to low-income children at daycares and large print book delivery <br />to homebound seniors. <br />C. <br />Eugene Public Library is nationally recognized for excellence in cost-effective delivery <br />of services. In its 2014 rankings, Library Journal named Eugene Public Library a “Star <br />Library” for thefifth time. The designation means Eugene Public Library ranks among <br />the top three percent of public libraries nationwide for excellence in cost-effective <br />delivery of key services. The Library Journal study, the “Index of Public Library Service <br />2014,” examined 7,586 public libraries. Only 258 libraries, including Eugene Public <br />Library, received a Star Library designation. Eugene Public Library’s delivery of services <br />per capita was evaluated against public libraries with comparable budgets. <br />D. <br />In October 2014,the Library engaged the community in a visioning process about the <br />“Eugene Public Library of the Future”. Participants, representing diverse demographics <br />and viewpoints withinthe community,reached a consensus that “Eugene Public Library <br />has been and will continue to be a center of our community, a community that values <br />Resolution -1 <br /> <br />