9 Library Things You Can Explore From Home

Just because you’re not around the library over break doesn’t mean you can’t use it. Here are nine things you can watch, read, explore, listen to, and learn using the library’s membership:

1. Explore UO Athletic Photographs

UO Women's basketball gameUO Women's basketball is starting up and continuing their winning ways. Oregon Digital hosts thousands of photos of UO Women's athletes. Whether your recent favorite is Ruthy Hebard or Sabrina Ionescu — there is something for everyone who is a fan.


2. Catch up on your Cassavetes and other Criterion classic films

three film covers from the criterion collectionExplore great films and film makers. Through Kanopy streaming service, the UO Libraries has purchased a three-year lease for the whole of the Janus Criterion Collection. 395 classic Criterion films, from David Lynch's  Eraserhead to Ingmar Bergman'sThe Seventh Seal, are available to stream for both research and recreational viewing. Log in with your Duck ID and enjoy a show! 



3. Brush up on your part for the Handel’s Messiah sing-along

musicians playing violinsThe Classical Music Library has almost 75,000 albums and over 1.2 million tracks from medieval to contemporary music — Debussy, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Chopin, and everyone in between.

Login with your UO ID and enjoy this delightful selection of classical music celebrating the winter holidays. Curated by UO Libraries Music and Dance Librarian, Ann Shaffer.


4. Make a killer Buche de Noel recipe for your holiday celebration

Buche de NoelImagine an academic database, but for cooking. Our Culinary Arts Collection has over six million articles on everything from organizing a wine tasting to making vegetable-based soup broths to, yes, Buche de Noel.


5. Read up on how scientists are tackling COVID

graphical image of virusPubMed Central offers access to current biomedical research and access to over 26 million pieces of literature from life science journals and online books. You could read up on the current research associated with COVID-19.


6. Explore a digital museum

art museum buildingVisit a museum without getting off the couch with the library’s ArtStor subscription. ArtStor has over two million high-quality images in its collection, including art and photography. We recommend the Art Gallery of Ontario.


7. Read up on the latest AI news

MIT Technology Review logoUO Libraries pays for a subscription to the MIT Technology Review, one of the oldest technology publications in the country. Without the subscription, you can read five free articles — with it, you get unlimited articles.


8. Learn more about the people that make up your home Congressional District

My Congressional District logoThe Census Bureau has a tool called My Congressional District that helps you explore the demographics of the voters in your area. You can look at statistics on race, work, housing, income, education, and business. This tool is free for anyone, but you can augment it with the library’s Congressional Research Service Reports and see documents that go right to members of Congress.


9. Learn about the Common Readings for the 2020-2021 academic year

This is My America book cover, A novel by Kim JohnsonThe theme is dedicated to listening to and learning about Blackness and Black experience. This is My America by Kim Johnson is selected for Winter Term. Find new sections of the research guide to explore further themes and topics presented in the novel.