Frequently Asked Questions

We are currently open by appointment only for UO faculty, staff and students. Questions about reference, research, and digitization services should be sent to our reference email (spcarref@uoregon.edu).

We are located in the Knight Library, 2nd floor North, Paulson Reading Room.  All materials (must be requested in advance) from Special Collections and University Archives are non-circulating, and must be viewed in the Paulson Reading Room. 

Our reference email is: spcarref@uoregon.edu

Street address:
UO Libraries
1501 Kincaid Street
Eugene, OR 97403-1299

Mailing address:
UO Libraries-SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1299

 

We have over a million items including medieval manuscripts; recent fine-press books; historic and contemporary photography; documents, objects and records showing the history of the University of Oregon; Oregon Trail diaries; letters from pioneers; journals and letters from missionaries in Asia; personal papers of state and federal legislators and policy makers on the environment and many other issues; manuscripts, letters, illustrations, and publications for children's literature and for science fiction, mysteries, Westerns, comic books, and other pulp genres; and many, many other categories. Check our Subject Guides to view a selection of subject areas. Most of our materials are kept in closed stacks or off-site; a very small selection are visible in our Paulson Reading Room.

1. Search the UO Libraries online catalog and request materials.

2. Browse our collecting areas. We add content frequently to ArchivesRare BooksPhotographsManuscriptsexhibits and subject guides

3. Visit the Paulson Reading Room and ask a staff member. You can also submit an email query.

4. Search our Digital Collections (digital resources from University of Oregon and Oregon State University), Archives West (finding aids for primary resources at archives in the Pacific Northwest), or Archive Grid (finding aids for primary resources at archives around the world).

These collections belong to the people of Oregon. We encourage everyone to come in and use them, including undergraduates, high school students, and the general public.

We require that everyone using materials register as a patron, and request materials in advance.

Researchers must request materials 5 business days in advance of a research visit. You will receive an email notification when your requested materials are successfully retrieved. Some materials are stored off-site and are retrieved only once a week.

We provide 30 minutes of reference and research services for our collections. We require a written request by email.

For more extensive research assistance we can provide a list of freelance researchers.  Please email for additional information.

To protect our materials, we have no self-service photocopying or scanning.  However, we allow non-flash photography under certain circumstances, please see our camera policy.

The UO Libraries offers high-resolution digital files for purchase. Instructions, rates, and policies are described on this website.

No. For the security of our materials, we require that the room be used only for research using Special Collections and University Archives materials. Knight Library has an open Quiet Zone in the south wing, and also offers several individual and group study rooms.

Our department does not have historic newspapers. UO Libraries has several options for accessing historic newspapers:

Historic Oregon Newspapers, produced by the Oregon Digital Newspaper Program (ODNP), offers digitized pages from Oregon newspapers dated 1846 - 2019.

The Microforms department holds reels of newspapers from Oregon (including the Oregon Daily Emerald, the Oregonian, and the Register-Guard) and the United States.

Additional information about how to access newspapers is described here.

We do not accept donations of books, university history items, personal papers, photographs, audio-visual, or other archival materials without prior discussion and approval. Additions to the department's holdings must be approved by a curator and by the curatorial acquisitions review committee. We ask that all interested donors send us an email, and one of our curators will contact you for further information to assess the materials and determine their fit with our collecting policy.

Donations intended for the Oregon Poetry collection must be donated through Jeff Staiger.

1. Search ScholarsBank for university publications including yearbooks, course catalogs, alumni magazines, and theses/dissertations.

2. Search Oregon Digital for photographs of the history of the University of Oregon.

3. Search the UO Libraries catalog for faculty papers, or departmental records.

4. Email our reference account for assistance.

Yes, we have extensive collections of architectural materials, as does the AAA Library. Our holdings focus on campus structures and on Northwest architects. Please submit requests for these materials at least 5 business days in advance of your visit.

The official repository of 'as-built' UO building plans is the Facilities Services design office which provides services for consultation and reproduction of drawings.