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Services for Students

Getting Started

Here is what you need to use the Clark Library:

UP ID card: is also your library card. Use your UP ID card to check out items from the library.

UP network username and password: is needed for off-campus access to the library's online resources and requesting Summit items.

Set up your UP ILLiad account:  for requesting and receiving articles and other materials (logon with your UP network password).

Download the library LibX browser plugin [optional] to your Internet browser for easy navigation to your library account, renewals, catalog searching, subject guides, and more.

Create an account in RefWorks [optional], a web-based software program for tracking your literature search and generating pre-formatted APA, MLA, Chicago (and more) style footnotes, in-text citations, and bibliographies.

Get Help

Research Assistance

Librarians or student reference assistants are available to help with research-related questions during the hours listed on the Research Desk Hours web page. The Research Desk can also be contacted by phone (503.943.7788), email, or Library Chat.

Meet with a Librarian

For more in-depth research assistance, you can make an appointment to meet with a librarian.

Borrow & Request

Borrowing items from Clark Library

Students may borrow books, DVDs, CDs, and more from the Library; all that is needed is a UP ID card. For more information about borrowing materials, see the Circulation section of the FAQ.


Students may also borrow books and media items from 39 libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho via Summit by searching UP Library Search. Items will arrive within 2-3 business days. For more information, see the Summit section of the FAQ.

Interlibrary Loan

Use UP ILLiad to request:

  • Journal articles owned by UP
  • Journal articles not available at UP
  • Books not available through Summit

Items will generally arrive within:

  • Journal articles owned by UP (1 day)
  • Journal articles not available at UP (3 days)
  • Books not available through Summit (7 days)

For more information, see the Interlibrary Loan section of the FAQ.


Suggest an item for the library’s collection

Send your suggestions of books, DVDs, or other items that you recommend for the library’s collection to:

Course Reserves

Course reserves (including articles, books, and videos) are materials set aside by faculty for a particular class that may be checked out for short time period or which may be provided online. To find course reserves for your class, access the Course Reserves system via the Course Reserves link on the left side of the library's home page. page. Print and media reserves can be checked out from the Library Service Desk on the main floor of the library; electronic reserves may be accessed online. For more information, see the Reserves (Students) section of the FAQ.


The Library's media collection of videos, DVDs, and audio CDs is housed on the lower floor. Although most media may be checked out and taken out of the library, two workstations for viewing VHS or DVD are available nearby. These machines are capable of playing VHS and DVDs from all regions.

Services & Resources

Copying & Scanning

Two photocopier/scanners are available on the main floor of the library in the Print/Copy area. The cost is $.05 per side for Black and White and $.15 for color. An Add Value machine is available in the Print/Copy area for adding money to your copying/printing account.  There is no cost for scanning and emailing the scan to your UP (or non-UP) email account. Please ask at the Library Service Desk for assistance with using the copiers/scanners.

Copying from microfilm

Use UP ILLiad to request articles from our microfiche or microfilm collections.  We will copy the articles and deliver them to you online via UP ILLiad.

Digital Lab

The Digital Lab provides current University of Portland students with the space, equipment, software and support to produce audio, video, photography and design research projects. For more information, see the Digital Lab page.

Fax Service

The Clark Library offers a general fax service for current faculty, staff, students, and alumni needing to send or receive faxes. For more information, see the Fax Service page.

Study Rooms

The Clark Library has 19 study rooms that may be used by groups of two or more UP students, faculty or staff. Nine study rooms are equipped with monitors for group viewing from a laptop. Study rooms may be reserved online, or check real time room availability, via the study room reservation system. Check out supplies, such adapters for connecting devices to the study room monitors, a DVD player, or whiteboard markers, at the Library Service Desk. For more information, see the Study Rooms page.

Wireless access

Wireless access is available to UP students, faculty, staff, and guests across campus. To access the wireless you will need a device with wireless capabilities and a UP network username and password. For help accessing the wireless, contact the Help Desk (, 503.943.7000), or ask the Lab Assistant in the library or in the Shiley Hall 208 computer lab.