UO Portland Library On the Move

November 3, 2022

a man in a mask pushig a booktruck in front of bookshelvesPlanning is underway for the new UO Portland Library on the Northeast campus! Current plans being reviewed have the second floor of the former Concordia Library building designated as our new home. This floor will include:

  • Spaces for research collections now housed in the White Stag Block
  • Popular adult nonfiction and fiction for community and student readers
  • Study rooms
  • Open seating
  • Children’s reading room

Children of UO students and community users will have access to a curated collection of juvenile literature in the new children's reading room. Most of this material was selected from the former Concordia children’s library.

Additional services for students will include research support, access to academic workstations, and printing and scanning equipment. Community users can look forward to Wi-Fi access and borrowing from the UO collections through the Oregon Card Program.

The UO Libraries operations team has been meeting regularly to review the Concordia collections for retention, recycling, or donation to Better World Books. Some special materials not retained by Concordia were transferred to our Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) in Knight Library in Eugene. These include a Hebrew Sefer Torah scroll, medieval manuscripts, and artwork from Berta and Elmer Hader, which will be integrated with previously donated Hader collections in SCUA.

A crowd of people in a large building spaceUO Portland will continue to have quarterly “Community Connections” open house events for all interested community members. Nearly 100 people attended the first “Community Connections” event on the new campus in October. The next event is slated for January.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming the first students and employees in summer 2023, followed by a second migration from Old Town in summer 2024.

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—By Director of Branch Libraries Nancy Cunningham, UO Libraries