The Library Foundation of Washington County, Oregon (LFWC Oregon) supports the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) and Washington County Law Library (Law Library). The Law Library and WCCLS are departments of Washington County. They share the goal of providing or supporting access to information resources by the public and serving a diverse county containing large and small cities and unincorporated areas, and an ethnically and culturally diverse population.
The Foundation is independent of the Law Library, WCCLS, and Washington County. LFWC Board members are volunteers representing the interests of legal services and public libraries. The Foundation does not engage in political lobbying, and has no paid staff or plans to pay staff in the future.
The Library Foundation does not raise money for day-to-day library operations. The Foundation ,WCCLS and the Law Library work together to determine where private funds should be spent in order to have the greatest impact for Washington County residents and to support healthy and sustainable communities. The Library Foundation raises funds to support services and outreach to historically underserved populations that have had limited access to the information they need for entertainment, education, literacy, or legal representation.
The Foundation promotes the activities of both the Law Library and WCCLS through enhancing services and resources supported by fundraising events. Law Library services include outreach to Oregon lawyers and the non-legal community and providing access to legal and procedural materials to aid in researching Oregon Law. WCCLS’ objective is to use money from Foundation fundraising activities to enhance countywide library services, such as Library Mail Service to homebound residents, early literacy programs, outreach in languages other than English, materials for shelters and for jail inmates, and countywide programming such as youth summer reading.