About the Collections

To meet current and future needs of the University’s academic community, resource selection and collection maintenance are focused on building and sustaining collections and securing access to resources that complement and support the degree programs offered at the University. This process is guided by the Library’s Collection Development Policies. The Library also welcomes donations in accordance with the Gift Policy.

The Library has over 180,000 print volumes and provides access to over 700,000 eBooks, 220 databases and over 78,000 online journals.

The majority of the Library’s collections are housed on the Lower Floor in fixed or compact shelving. Reference, and Popular Books and Videos, are shelved on the Main Floor.

Special Collections:

Clark Library's Special Collections makes accessible rare books, manuscripts and scores. Advance notice is required to use Special Collections materials. Please call 503.943.7111, send an email to library@up.edu, or visit the Service Desk to make an appointment.

Digital Programs:

Clark Library maintains collections of digitized and born-digital resources highlighting the collections, unique resources, and scholarship of the University of Portland. These resources are hosted within:

Pilot Scholars – an institutional repository of scholarly and creative works by University of Portland faculty, staff, and students.

Clark Library Digital Collections – digitized resources such as photographs, maps, artwork, and documents highlighting the University of Portland story and supporting teaching and learning at the University.

For more information, see the Digital Programs Overview web page.