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).

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.

Library guides: Use Subject Guides to find the best resources for searching within a discipline; Course Guides provide customized resources and guidance for a specific class. Topic Guides recommend resources related to a topic of interest, such as Personal Finance or Study Abroad.

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.

Summit: 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.

Digital Lab

The Digital Lab, located on the upper floor of the Clark Library, provides 14 Mac computers and software to produce audio, video, photographic and design research projects. Digital video, photography and sound equipment are available for loan while the Audio and Image Production Studios may be reserved to create high quality narration for video and still photography, respectively. The Lab Coordinator and student staff provide technical assistance and free workshops (with topics ranging from Photoshop to Virtual Reality) are presented each term. Visit the Digital Lab’s website to learn more.


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.

Media: The Library's media collection of videos, DVDs, and audio CDs is housed on the lower floor. Media may be checked out and taken out of the library.  A portable DVD player, an all-region DVD player, and a VHS player are all available for checkout at the Service Desk.   

Copy, Scan & Fax

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 Interlibrary Loan (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.

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.

Places to Study

Quiet study floor: The lower floor of the library is designated for quiet study. The main and upper floors can be used for collaborative work and may become noisier.

Study rooms: The Clark Library has 20 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.

Digital Lab: The Digital Lab, located on the upper floor of the Clark Library, offers space for individual or group study when not in use for a class or workshop. Additionally, the Lab’s 14 workstations have multimedia (Photoshop, Illustrator, iMovie, etc.) and productivity software (Microsoft Office and SPSS for statistics).