Scope 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.
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.
- DVD Collection
- Our DVD collection contains over 6,000 titles and resides on the Main Floor, in front of the spiral staircase. DVDs range in subject from documentaries to popular movies.
- Government Documents
- The government documents collection contains publications from the governments of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, the State of Oregon, and cities and counties in Oregon. It also includes some 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 and are used by scholars in many disciplines, including business administration, economics, journalism, political science, history, environmental studies, and planning, public policy and management. The collection also houses commercially produced indexes and publications that support research into public affairs and governmental activities. Parts of the collection are organized using a different call number system (Federal SuDoc numbers) from the rest of the library. If you encounter difficulties locating documents in this section, please ask for assistance at Research Help.
- 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; approximately one million aerial photographs; and over 3,000 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. For assistance with accessing maps email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Vietnamese. 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
Housed separately from the general collection in the Knight Library, Special Collections includes manuscripts, photographs, University Archives and rare book collections. See the Special Collections and University Archives homepage (linked above) for details.
Third Floor: H-PG
- 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.
- 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 Douglass Room contains most of the audio recordings (LPs, compact discs, cassettes, and reel-to-reels) held by the Knight Library.
- Materials that are too large for the general stacks are shelved in the Oversized section of the third floor mezzanine, on the southwest side. Items in our collection that are shelved in this section have call numbers that start with x (oversized) or xx (extra-oversized). 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.