Resources for International Student: Using the Libraries and Library locations
Virtual Tours of Knight Library
Borrowing books at the UO
Finding a book: open stacks
The collections in the University of Oregon Libraries include materials in many formats, including: books, journals, videos, DVDs, reports, and dissertations. The University of Oregon Libraries are an open stack library system-- you must find an item's call number in the Libraries' Discovery Tool, and then you go find the book.
The University of Oregon Libraries uses the Library of Congress Classification System to organize its collection. The first letter of a book's call number tells you where to go. The books are organized by their subject matter, so if you find one book on your research topic, others should be nearby.
For example, you are looking for the book Frost: A literary life reconsidered by William Pritchard. A search of the catalog shows it is in the Knight Library with the call number of PS3511.R94 Z89 1984. The floor guides for Knight Library show call numbers beginning with P on the 3rd and 4th floors.
Borrowing Items Not Owned by UO Libraries
When the University of Oregon Libraries does not have an item that you want to borrow, you can put request to borrow it from another library. There are 2 ways to get an item from another library:
Summit is the quickest and easiest way to borrow an item from another library. Look up the item in the Libraries' Discovery Tool and click on the green button to make the request. You can have the book delivered to any of the Libraries branches.
InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
InterLibrary Loan is used when we do not have the item and Summit does not have the item. This takes a longer amount of time to get to you if it is a physical item. Journal articles are scanned and sent to your email address.
Library Locations on Eugene Campus
The UO Libraries system has several libraries on the Eugene campus and you are welcome to use them all (map of locations):
- Knight Library: The largest library on campus. Most items you want to find will be here.
- Architecture & Allied Arts Library: Located in Lawrence Hall, most materials here will focus on the topics of art and architecture.
- Global Scholars Hall Library Commons: A small library in the residence hall, the GSH Library Commons materials include a little bit of everything including language materials and fun books.
- John E. Jaqua Law Library: Quiet, this library houses materials for law students and a popular (fun) book collection.
- Mathematics Library: Located in Fenton Hall, this library has math materials and math tutoring available to all students.
- Science Library: Located in the Onyx building, most items are science-related topics.
Other UO Libraries:
- UO Portland Library & Learning Commons (Portland, Oregon)
- Rippey Library, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (Charleston, OR)