University of Oregon

Frequently Asked Questions

We are located in the Knight Library, 2nd floor North, 15th & Kincaid Street. Please be aware that parking can be difficult.

Mailing address:
UO Libraries-SCUA
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1299
Phone: 541-346-3068
Fax 541-346-3485 Attn SCUA

We have over a million items including medieval manuscripts; recent fine-press books; historic and contemporary photography; documents, objects and records showing the whole 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.

The best way to be sure you find everything on a topic is to ask the staff at the Paulson Reading Room desk! We are working to get everything listed in our online catalog. In the meantime there is a wide variety of tools, some electronic, to help you find interesting materials.

1. Search the online catalog using the Catalog tab on the bar at the top of every page.

2. Search our Web pages using the Library Site tab on the bar at the top of every page. We add content frequently to ArchivesRare BooksPhotographsManuscriptsexhibits and subject guides

3. Come to the Paulson Reading Room and ask staff, look in our card catalogs, and check our files of finding aids and inventories. You can also submit an email query.

4. Search our Digital CollectionsNorthwest Digital Archives, and the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections.

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. For security we require that everyone register as a user.

We advise patrons to request materials in advance of a research visit. Architectural drawings are difficult to page, so we ask that you place these requests 48 hours in advance. We retrieve requested materials several times per weekday, and patrons will receive an email notification when their 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, fax (541-346-1882) or snail mail (UO Libraries--SPC, 1299 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-1299.

To protect our materials, we have no self-service photocopying or scanning.  However, we allow non-flash photography under certain circumstances- see our camera policy. We also can provide a full line of reprographic services for you.

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.

No, the Athletics Department holds onto films and images for several years before they transfer them into Archives.

We do not accept unsolicited donations. We ask that interested donors send us an email.


Come to Archives! In 2004 the Library established a new position, the Richard and Mary Corrigan Solari University Historian and Archivist. The University Historian, Jennifer O'Neal, will work with the historical collections of University Archives to make them more usable and more complete, and she will create finding aids and other tools to uncover the extraordinary materials that we have. We also have an Archives Reference collection in our Paulson Reading Room.

Yes, we have extensive collections of architectural materials, as does the AAA Library. Our holdings focus on campus structures and on Northwest architects. Due to the size and fragility of these materials, we require a minimum of 48 hours notice for paging.

University of Oregon Libraries
1501 Kincaid Street Eugene, OR
T: (541) 346-3053
F: (541) 346-3485
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