National Library Week 2024: Ready, Set, Library!

National Library Week is the perfect time to visit any of the four branches of our library, the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library! Bring the kids or invite your friends. Meet our fabulous librarians. Check out books or other great items (have you seen the Library of Things?) in our library’s collection or attend one of the many fantastic programs they work so hard to organize. Take time to learn all our wonderful library has to offer!

Do you follow us and our library on social media? We wouldn’t want you to miss out on all they have to offer. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #NationalLibraryWeek.

Tell the ALA American Library Association How YOU Library and Win!

Do you love getting lost in the stories of the library’s summer reading program, storytime, or book club? When you walk through the library’s doors, are you looking for a quiet nook to study or a makerspace to harness your creativity? What’s your favorite thing to check out—books, movies, cake pans, seeds? Do you attend programs to enrich your mind, meet local authors, or find support from your community?

We want to know how YOU library!

Participating is easy:
    Snap a pic or shoot a video showcasing your favorite thing about your library.
    Post to Instagram, X, Threads, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page with the hashtag #HowILibrary.
    And don’t forget to tag your library to let them know how much they are appreciated!

What’s in it for you? 
In addition to the gratification of supporting libraries, there’s also a chance to win great prizes.

  •     Grand Prize (1 winner): A VISA gift card ($150.00 USD value) and choice of one ALA Graphics poster.
  •     Second Prize (3 winners): Choice of one ALA Graphics poster.

So, let’s see those book stacks, creative reading spots, and all the adventures that libraries take you on! If you don’t have a photo to share, check out the Library Elements graphics at The promotion starts Sunday, April 7, at noon CT and ends Friday, April 12, at noon CT.

Join the #HowILibrary movement, and let’s make this the best National Library Week ever! Official Rules (PDF)

We Love Our Community!

As we got down to the wire before our BIG Book Sale was to begin, there were virtually no volunteers to move books from our warehouse to the fairgrounds for the sale. The organizations and people that have helped in the past had been contacted, but no firm offers of help. Then the most wonderful thing happened that affirmed our faith in this wonderful community.

Another email to our membership, a plea in local newspapers, and the responses started flooding in! Within days, we had so many offers of help that we were afraid we couldn’t use everyone! Not only were the books moved in record time, but they were laid out on the tables and ready for the sale a day early!

We have never had such a wonderful response to pleas for help! And because of the superb help, and numerous and generous customers, we were able to raise over $22,000 to support the activities of the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library branches!

We want to specifically thank the following:

This truly is a wonderful place to live, and read!

Become a Volunteer

We’re so glad you’re interested in being a volunteer! But what exactly do we need help with? We’re glad you asked! Whether you have just a few hours or would like to help on a regular basis, this is the place to sign-up. Book sales? Here. Fundraising? Here. Sorting? Here.

If you have any troubles with the above form, click the link at the bottom of the page to go directly to the form. If you have any questions about volunteering, let us know.

Let us tell you about a number of our on-going needs:

Benton Books
(Online book sales)
(3-4 hours)
List higher value books online for sales at Process orders, prepare books for shipping and transport to post office for mailing.
  • Ability to work using a PC and familiarity with working online.
  • Ability to type at reasonable speed.
  • Ability to lift filled book bags. Access to vehicle for post office trips.
Sorting at LibraryOnce/Week
(2 hours)
Evaluate donated books and determine if they should be sold online, sent to the warehouse for sale at a book sale, or sold in the Library book sale room.
  • Ability to understand and apply guidelines for the sorting of books and the ability to apply judgment as necessary.
Stocking of books in Book Sale RoomOnce/Week (1-2 hours)Place books onto shelves in the book sale room in most appropriate category.
  • Thorough knowledge of book genres.
  • Ability to lift and bend to put books on both high and low shelves.
  • Ability to move heavy cart.
Book Transport (from Library to Warehouse)Once/WeekTransport boxes of books from the Library sorting room to the warehouse. Can be done any day of the week during the hours the Library is open.
  • Must be able to lift boxes of books and have a vehicle (pickup or SUV) to transport the books.
Sorting at WarehouseEvery Tuesday starting at 8:30 am
(2 hours)
Sort books into categories based on a defined classification.
  • Ability to understand and apply guidelines for the sorting of books and the ability to apply judgment as necessary.
  • Ability to lift boxes of books (helpful but not required).

If you have any troubles with the above form, click the link below:

Click here to fill out the volunteer sign up form.