121 The Valley Library
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Faye A. Chadwell, Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and OSU Press Director
Oregon State University Libraries and Press cultivate superior scholarship and creativity, empowers discovery, and preserves and disseminates knowledge. We develop user-focused services, share our expertise through teaching and research, and build gateways to unique resources to further the growth of the OSU community, the people of Oregon, and the global scholarly community. OSU Libraries supports the instructional and research needs of OSU students, faculty, and staff through both traditional and innovative services and collections. We advance OSU's land grant mission, contributing to learner success, scholarly excellence, and community engagement.
The Oregon State University Libraries is the second largest research library in Oregon with three locations: The Valley Library at the main campus in Corvallis, The Marilyn Potts Guin Library at the Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, and The OSU Cascades Library co-located at Central Oregon Community College in Bend.
The Valley Library collection includes materials in all subject areas, containing nearly 2 million printed volumes; subscriptions to more than 74,000 journal titles, most of which are available online; 500,000 maps and government documents; and hundreds of video and DVD recordings. As of 2014, more than 100,000 electronic books were available via the OSU Libraries’ catalog. In addition to the primary research collection, a robust resource sharing program ensures access to information for research and pedagogical needs. OSU Libraries has digitized thousands of documents, photographs, and maps to make them more widely accessible for researchers, students, and the general public. Additionally, a notable collection of contemporary Northwest artwork is on display throughout The Valley Library with over 80 different artists represented.
The Valley Library provides a flexible learning environment that supports community and engaged learning. Two of its learning spaces are the Learning Commons and the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC). The Learning Commons offers a variety of spaces for groups to collaborate, as well as 118 computers (both Windows PCs and iMacs) that give students access to a wide variety of software. The CLC offers a variety of academic and student support services. Peer tutors and graduate teaching assistants from the College of Science, the Academic Success Center, and the Writing Center are available to assist students during scheduled hours in the CLC.
Partnering with Student Media Services gives students access to video editing and multimedia production software, large format printing, along with hardware including video cameras, microphones and audio recording equipment. In addition, The Valley Library has 31 three-hour group study rooms, 37 90-day research rooms, six long-term research rooms, one media preview room and three designated floors for quiet study. A drop-in daycare facility is available on the third floor. Laptop computers and tablets are available to OSU students, staff and faculty for six-hour checkout and can be used with the wireless network anywhere in the library.
OSU Libraries supports faculty and student research not only through the purchased collection, but also through unique and rare materials held by the Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Research Center. Content in signature collecting areas is made freely accessible on the web to facilitate use by students, faculty, and other researchers. This includes extensive documents from the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers, the History of Science Collections, the Oregon Multicultural Archives, the Natural Resources Collections, the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives, and the University Archives.
OSU Libraries also manages the ScholarsArchive@OSU institutional repository. This database makes a wide variety of information resources produced at OSU freely available on the web. Examples include faculty articles, OSU theses and dissertations, and all experiment and extension publications. ScholarsArchive@OSU is consistently ranked among the top ten institutional repositories in the United States, according to Webometrics.
OSU Libraries extends services and resources to the campus and off-campus community in a variety of ways. The collections can be accessed both online and through mobile devices. Hours at The Valley Library have been extended to 24 hours, five days a week (24/5), allowing OSU students and faculty access to collections as well as computers. The Valley Library has wireless throughout the building. Reference assistance is available in person and by phone, by e-mail, by text message, and by instant message during most hours when The Valley Library is open. Subject specialists are available by appointment for individual research consultation.
The Autzen Electronic Classroom in The Valley Library is an enhanced electronic classroom for library-related instruction. It provides a hands-on setting with 24-networked Mac mini dual-boot student workstations, white boards, 6 large-format projectors and screens, and built-in sound. Additional furniture provides seating for classes up to 50 students, clickers, and white boards.
OSUL&P teaching librarians provide workshops, tutorials and digital learning objects to help students develop their research skills. In partnership with faculty, they provide targeted learning experiences in classes and lend their expertise to assignment design and assessment project. Over 7,200 students participate in more than 400 library classes and workshops each year. Teaching librarians also provide individual, in-depth consultations for over 300 students each year in addition to consultations with OSU faculty, staff, and community members.
OSU Libraries has two off-site branches. The Guin Library houses the research and teaching collection of Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. The library’s collection of more than 35,000 books and journals covers a broad range of marine-related topics including fisheries, aquaculture, oceanography, geology, environmental studies, and biology. Particular attention is paid to collecting material on marine fisheries, marine mammals, and information specific to the Northeast Pacific Ocean.
The Cascades Library in Bend, housed in the Barber Library of Central Oregon Community College, supports OSU-Cascades upper-division programs, including tourism and outdoor leadership and graduate programs in education. This is a relatively new branch campus that relies on the Cascades Library sharing the space and collections of the Central Oregon Community College Library to deliver services.
One on-campus branch facility is located in the College of Veterinary Medicine on campus. Open 24/7 to the college’s academic community, the library has one full-time staff member, along with student employees paid by the college. OSU Libraries handles acquisitions and cataloging for the veterinary medicine collection, while the Veterinary Medicine Library fills interlibrary loan requests for items in the OSU Libraries’ collection.
Since 2007, OSU Press has been a department of the OSU Libraries. OSU Press supports the university’s strategic plan through its publication of scholarly and general interest books in forestry, natural resources management, and natural history as well as the cultural and social history of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. The Press and Libraries collaborate on several projects including an open textbook initiative that supports the development of free online textbooks by OSU faculty.
As libraries move away from ownership to access, consortial memberships give OSU faculty and students a wide variety of information in a timely and efficient manner.
- OSU Libraries is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance which includes 37 Washington, Idaho, and Oregon universities, colleges, and community colleges with total holdings of 28.7 million titles.
- Membership in the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) enables the Libraries to increase its digital presence through such sites as the Western Waters Digital Library. GWLA is a consortium of 33 research libraries from 17 Midwestern and Western states.
- OSU Libraries is a founding member and active contributor to the Northwest Digital Archives (NWDA), a consortium of 43 archives and special collections in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. NWDA provides enhanced access to archival and manuscript collections across the northwest through a union database of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids.
- OSU Libraries participates in the Oregon Statewide Database Licensing Program that provides a suite of 22 general periodicals and reference database products from Gale/Cengage Learning, the database vendor that was awarded the state contract in 2013.
- As a member of the Center for Research Libraries, the OSU Libraries can provide unlimited access to all CRL resources — approximately five million publications, archives, and collections to supplement our holdings, especially in the areas of humanities and social science. OSU faculty can borrow CRL materials for extended loan periods.
- OSU Libraries is a member of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), a distributed retrospective print journal repository program serving research libraries, college and university libraries, and library consortia in the Western Region of the United States.
- OSU Libraries is a member of the Coalition for Network Information, the Council on Library and Information Resources, OCLC (the world’s largest library cooperative), the Library Publishing Coalition, and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition."
OSU Libraries also collaborates with the University of Oregon Libraries on making joint decisions on collections, expanding access to each library’s collections, sharing software, providing joint faculty/ staff development opportunities, and, in general, viewing the two libraries as a single library with shared purposes. This collaboration is especially visible in “Oregon Digital” (http://oregondigital.org/digcol/), which provides integrated online access to digitized materials from both libraries.
OSU Libraries partners with the Institute for Natural Resources on the Oregon Explorer, a comprehensive, natural resources digital library designed to provide easy and rapid access to reliable, up-to-date information about the state’s natural resources.
The most notable addition to the library's instruction program since 2010 has been the implementation of a library course designator that will allow OSU Libraries and Press to develop and offer a for-credit library sciences curriculum to partner with other academic departments to enhance student success in learning and development of critical thinking and life-long learning.