OSU Libraries and Press
121 Valley Library
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Faye A. Chadwell, the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and OSU Press Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-737-7300
OSU Libraries and Press cultivates excellence in scholarship and creativity, empowers discovery, and preserves and disseminates knowledge. OSU Libraries supports the instructional and research needs of OSU students, faculty and staff through both traditional and innovative services and collections. 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.
Policies for OSU Libraries can be found online.
Resources for Students, Faculty and Staff
Oregon State University Libraries is the second largest research library system in Oregon and has three locations:
- Valley Library at the center of main campus in Corvallis
- Marilyn Potts Guin Library in Newport at the Mark O. Hatfield Marine Science Center
- OSU-Cascades Library in Bend
Hours at the Valley Library have been extended while classes are in session to 24 hours a day, five days a week. Reference assistance is available in person and by phone, by email, 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.
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, and the Valley Library has wireless throughout the building. In addition to the primary research collection, a robust resource-sharing program ensures access to information for research and teaching. OSU Libraries is a federal depository library and maintains print and electronic holdings for both state and federal government documents. OSU Libraries has digitized thousands of documents, photographs, and maps to make them accessible online for researchers, students and the general public.
The Valley Library collection includes materials in all subject areas and contains:
- nearly 1.5 million physical volumes including books, journals and audio-visual material
- more than 600,000 electronic books are available via the OSU Libraries’ catalog
- subscriptions to more than 85,000 online journals
- subscriptions to 150 full-text and index databases
- 500,000 maps and government documents
- hundreds of video and DVD recordings and online access to thousands more
Laptop computers and tablets are available to OSU students, staff and faculty for six-hour checkout and can be used with the wireless network throughout the library. OSU students, faculty and staff can also check out a variety of other technologies, equipment and board games. Storage lockers are available, and a key for a locker can be borrowed from the Circulation Desk on the second floor.
Named the “Library of the Year” by Library Journal magazine in 1999 after a major remodel and expansion, the Valley Library is enhanced by a notable collection of contemporary Northwest artwork with more than 140 works of art by more than 80 different artists. More info about the Valley Library’s Northwest Art Collection is available in the Museums, Galleries and Collections section of this catalog.
The Marilyn Potts Guin Library in Newport houses the research and teaching collection that supports OSU’s Hatfield Marine Science Center. The Guin 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. A particular focus is collecting material on marine fisheries, marine mammals and information specific to the area of the Pacific Ocean off of Oregon and Washington.
The OSU-Cascades Library in Bend is housed in Tykeson Hall and serves OSU-Cascades students, faculty and staff. In addition, the McDowell Veterinary Medicine Library serves the Carson College of Veterinary Medicine on the Corvallis campus. OSU Libraries does not have direct administrative oversight of these two libraries, although these locations are supported by OSU Libraries through coordinated licensing and purchasing of electronic resources as well as centralized acquisitions, cataloging and other technical services.
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 Undergrad Research and Writing Studio, and both are located on the second floor. The Learning Commons offers a variety of spaces for groups to collaborate and more than 130 computers (both Macs and Windows OS) that give students access to a wide variety of software. A variety of related services includes back-and-white printers, a color printer, 3-D printers, scanners and photocopiers.
The Undergrad Research and Writing Studio is a partnership between OSU’s Writing Center and the Libraries, and it offers support for undergraduates as they work on writing projects. Trained peer consultants are available to guide students through their research and writing process. Faculty are welcome to bring their classes to the studio after scheduling this in advance.
Located near the Circulation Desk, Student Multimedia Services provides students with access, along with training and support, to video editing and multimedia productions software, large format printing, video cameras, microphones and audio recording equipment, and much of this equipment can be borrowed.
Peer tutors and graduate teaching assistants from the College of Science are available to assist students with chemistry during scheduled hours in the Chemistry Studio, known affectionately as the Mole Hole, which is located on the Valley Library’s third floor. The Math Learning Center offers tutoring support for math in the same area.
In addition, the Valley Library has 29 group-study rooms available for three-hour time slots, 37 research rooms that are available for 90-day periods, three long-term research rooms, one media preview room and areas for quiet study on floors four, five and six. A drop-in day care facility, Our Little Village, is available on the third floor.
Teaching Librarians Offer Workshops, Consultations and Answers to Questions
Reference assistance is available in person, by phone, email, text message, and by live chat. Library faculty are available by appointment for individual research consultation, and students, faculty, staff and community members can consult with a librarian in person, by phone, through chat, or via email.
Teaching librarians provide course-integrated instruction, workshops, tutorials, and course and research guides to help students to develop research skills. In partnership with faculty from departments outside of the library, they provide targeted learning experiences in classes and lend their expertise to assignment design and assessment projects to enhance student success in learning and to support critical thinking and lifelong learning. More than 7,200 students participate in more than 400 library classes and workshops each year.
OSU Libraries and Press offer various internships and students can obtain credit for internships with the Library 410/510 course.
The Valley Library has two classrooms on its third floor: Willamette East and Willamette West. These two classrooms are separated by a divider that can be removed to double the capacity of the space. Each space can sit 20 people, and each room has a computer workstation and projector system. Willamette East also has a conferencing system installed so that presentations, classes and meetings can be broadcasted to external participants.
The Autzen electronic classroom on the Valley Library’s second floor is an enhanced electronic classroom for library-related instruction. It provides a hands-on setting with 24 networked Mac workstations, white boards, clickers, six large-format projectors and screens, and built-in sound. Additional furniture provides seating for classes up to 50 students.
OSU Libraries supports faculty and student research through the purchased collection and 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 for 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, OSU Queer Archives, the Natural Resources Collections, the Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives, and the University Archives. For more info about the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, see the separate entry in the Museums, Galleries and Collections section of this catalog.
OSU Libraries also manages the university's institutional repository, ScholarsArchive@OSU. This database makes a wide variety of information resources produced at OSU freely available on the web. Contents include faculty articles, OSU theses and dissertations, and all publications by the OSU Extension Service and experiment stations. ScholarsArchive@OSU is consistently ranked among the top 10 institutional repositories in the United States (according to Webometrics).
Research Data Services
Library faculty can meet with students, faculty and staff in one-to-one sessions to assist with challenges of managing research data. This includes guidance on how to write data management plans for grant proposals; review of data management plan drafts; help with identifying repositories to preserve and make data sets publicly available; assistance with preparing data sets for deposit in ScholarsArchive@OSU or other repositories; and discussing best practices to organize, backup or control versions of research data. To learn more, visit the Research Data Services webpages.
Collaborations and Partnerships to Share Resources
OSU Libraries collaborates with other academic and research libraries and cultural heritage organizations through various consortium memberships and partnerships:
OSU Libraries is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance that includes 39 universities, colleges and community colleges in Oregon, Washington and Idaho with total holdings of 28.7 million titles.
The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), a consortium of 38 research libraries from 18 states, enhances library services and programs through collaborations focused on interlibrary loans, scholarly communications, shared acquisitions and digital collections.
OSU Libraries is a founding member and active contributor to the Archives West, a consortium of 48 archives and special collections in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Alaska. Archives West provides enhanced access to archival and manuscript collections across the northwest through a union database of Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids.
The Oregon Statewide Database Licensing Program provides a suite of 22 general periodicals and reference database products from Gale/Cengage Learning, the current database vendor for the state of Oregon.
As a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), 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 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 U.S.
OSU Libraries is a member of the Coalition for Network Information, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Online Computer Library Center (the world’s largest library cooperative), the Library Publishing Coalition, and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.
A highlight of OSU Libraries’ successful collaborations with the University of Oregon is Oregon Digital, a shared digital asset management system providing integrated online access to digitized materials from both research libraries.
For more info about the array of services and vast resources of OSU Libraries, visit our website.
Faye A. Chadwell, OSU Press Director and the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian
Thomas S. Booth, Associate Director
Founded in 1961, Oregon State University Press extends and advances OSU’s land grant mission by cultivating scholarship, promoting creativity and disseminating knowledge. We publish works of global significance, regional importance and lasting cultural value.
The OSU Press specializes in books of importance to the Pacific Northwest, especially those dealing with natural resource issues and the history, natural history, cultures and literature of the region. The OSU Press has a long history of publishing books about the state and region, including natural history, field guides, biographies, memoirs, oral histories of cultural or historic importance, and literary works by some of the region’s most accomplished writers. Outside of the Pacific Northwest, the OSU Press is known for its well-regarded scholarly books on environmental history and indigenous studies.
In 2007, OSU Press joined OSU Libraries. Oregon State University Libraries and Press has a dynamic culture that promotes innovation, values diversity, nurtures creativity and builds communities. Press staff work closely with library colleagues on projects and digital initiatives.
The Press publishes 20 to 25 new books each year and has approximately 200 titles currently in print. The Press also distributes select titles published by other small presses and partners with other nonprofit organizations in the state on some projects. Publishing decisions are made in consultation with a faculty advisory board after external peer review of each project.
Members of the OSU Press Editorial Board for the 2018–2019 academic year are:
- Peter Betjemann, board chair, Oregon State University; English
- Katrine (Katy) Barber, Portland State University; History
- Natchee Blu Barnd, Oregon State University; Ethnic Studies
- Susan Bernardin, Oregon State University; School of Language, Culture and Society
- Christina Eisenberg, Earthwatch Institute
- Ellen Eisenberg, Willamette University; History
- Kenneth Helphand, University of Oregon; Landscape Architecture
- Abby Phillips Metzger, Oregon State University; College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
The OSU Press is a member of the Association of University Presses. This nonprofit organization’s purpose is to support university presses in their endeavor to make widely available the best of scholarly knowledge and the most important results of scholarly research; to provide an organization through which the exchange of ideas relating to university presses and their functions may be facilitated; and to afford technical advice and assistance to learned bodies, scholarly associations and institutions of higher learning.
The OSU Press offers an annual internship position to an undergraduate or graduate student at OSU. This paid internship provides an outstanding introduction to scholarly book publishing, an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the general operations of a university publishing house, and the opportunity to work with publishing and library professionals. The Griffis intern plays a vital role in the Press’s success and is an indispensable member of the OSU Press publishing team.
Information for authors wishing to submit manuscripts is available online.
OSU Press books can be purchased from local and national booksellers as well as on our website.