Knight Library

knight current periodicals areaScope and content

The library, which contains the largest research collection in the state, has over 3 million volumes and subscribes to nearly 17,000 journals. Furthermore, the library has collections of materials in a vast array of languages, including Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Russian. In addition to books and academic journals (many of which are available digitally and in print), the library has extensive collections of microforms; slides; maps; manuscripts; compact discs; audio cassettes; phonograph records; DVDs and videotapes; and state, federal, and international government documents.

General collections

Most books and periodicals in Knight Library are housed in our publicly accessible stacks. These materials are arranged by Library of Congress call number on the library's second, third, and fourth floors. Most items in the general stacks circulate under regular loan periods. Bound journals are shelved in the general collections and have shortened loan periods. See our borrowing policies for more information.

Special sections and formats

The Knight Library has certain collections located in distinct sections because of the collection's purpose or format. These sections and materials of particular interest are described below.

Main Floor

Government Documents

The government publications collection contains publications from the governments of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, the State of Oregon, and cities and counties in Oregon. Also included are official records of international organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union. Government documents are important sources of statistical data, legal and regulatory information, and information about government programs, public policy issues, and international relations. They are important source material for students and scholars in a variety of disciplines, including business administration, economics, journalism, political science, history, geology, and planning, public policy and management. In addition to the government publications themselves, the collection houses selected commercially produced indexes and publications that support research into public affairs and governmental activities.
PPPM Terminal Projects

This collection consists of terminal projects written by graduate students in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM) or predecessor programs since the 1960's. These projects, which are non-circulating, are shelved by project number in the Knight Library's Document Center.
Maps & Aerial Photography

 The Map & Aerial Photography (MAP) Collection has over 300,000 map sheets; 600,000 aerial photographs; and 2,700 atlases. The collection includes paper maps of every corner of the world, with special emphasis on Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, North America, and topographic maps of Europe. The aerial photograph collection is primarily of Oregon and has coverage dating back to the 1920s. The MAP Collection also provides access to data for use in geographic information systems (GIS). Most of the maps and atlases are housed in public areas and are available any time the library is open. Our fragile/older maps and atlases plus all of our aerial photograph collection require assistance to use.  If you don’t see any library personnel in the Maps Collection, ask for assistance at the Documents Center/Computer Help Desk or email

The microforms collection houses the library's vast collection of information in microformats: microfilm, microfiche, and microprint. It includes the most complete collection of Oregon newspapers available anywhere, as well as many other items of historical significance. Users may view, print or scan images from any of the items in this collection.  The Microforms service desk is located on the main floor, at the south end of the Knight Library.

Second Floor: A-GV

Current Periodicals & Newspapers

Current Periodicals contains unbound issues of both popular magazines and academic periodicals and journals. Current newspapers from Oregon and major cities in the United States and abroad are also available in this area, located on the south end of the second floor in the Quiet Study Area.

Popular Reading

The Popular Reading collection contains recently published fiction, Young Adult (YA) literature, comics & graphic novels, bestsellers, modern cultural touchstones, and more. Popular Reading is located in the Quiet Study Area on the south side of the second floor, next to the Current Periodicals section.

East Asian Collection

This collection of more than 81,000 books and 400 current periodicals, covers many aspects of culture and life in East Asia. Languages in our East Asian Collection are Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. The primary focus of the collection is language & literature from ancient to modern times, history, government, and art. Materials in the collection are listed in the library catalog with titles in Roman alphabet and vernacular scripts.

Second Floor: North

Special Collections and University Archives (map)
Housed separately from the general collection in the Knight Library, Special Collections includes the following departments:
Oregon Collection: The Oregon Collection brings together a wealth of material about Oregon and its peoples. In addition to highlighting regional and local histories, the Oregon Collection also contains the works of Oregon authors.

Rare Book Collection: The Rare Book Collection contains medieval manuscripts, early printed books, fine press books, and important works through the twentieth century.

Manuscripts Collection: Along with the personal papers of prominent Oregonians such as the late Senator Wayne Morse, this collection includes the archives of individuals, organizations, and businesses active both within and beyond the state's borders. Major areas of significant collection strength include Oregon history, western fiction, science fiction, children's literature, Christian
missionaries to East Asia and elsewhere,  the conservative and libertarian movement of the mid-twentieth century, environmental studies, and communal studies.

Photograph Collection: Special Collections and University Archives holds over half a million historic photographs and negatives, including the archives of Lee Moorhouse, Doris Ulmann, Ray Atkeson, Clarence Andrews, Dan Powell, Bernard Freemesser, and the Angelus Studio. The collection contains work by more than 500 Oregon photographers, vintage and modern, prominent and little known. The focus of the collection is on documentation of the Pacific Northwest's people, communities, and landscape.

University Archives: University Archives is the official repository for the official records of the University of Oregon and includes the papers of prominent faculty members and the records of university departments.  It also includes collections that document the history of the university such as photographs, diaries, publications, sport media guides, and other primary source materials.

Third Floor: H-PG

City Directories
A small collection of U.S. business directories may be found in the mezzanine of the third floor (south end). These city directories are shelved alphabetically by city name and include volumes from the early 1900s through the 1970s.
Curriculum Collection
Located on the third floor, the Curriculum Collection is a research collection which houses textbooks used in elementary and secondary classrooms.

McKnight Juvenile Collection

Maintained for research on children's literature, the McKnight Juvenile Collection contains books written for the preschool to young adult reader. This collection is located on the Library's third floor.
Located on the third floor, the Music Collection contains music reference materials, scores, books, current and bound periodicals, and composer's collected editions. The Audio & Video Room (Douglass Room) contains most of the recordings (LPs, compact discs, cassettes, and reel-to-reels) held by the Knight Library.   Over 4,000 DVDs are available in the room.

Oversized Materials

Materials that are too large for the general stacks are shelved in the Oversized section of the third floor mezzanine (southwest side). Library of Congress classifications that are oversized (x) or extra-oversized (xx). The oversized (L) and extra-oversized (X) Dewey Decimal materials also are shelved in this location.

Fourth Floor: PH-Z

Dewey Decimal Call Numbers

Some items also in the general collection have call numbers in the Dewey Decimal classification system. Dewey Decimal call numbers begin with a number instead of a letter.





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