Special Collections


Illuminated manuscriptSpecial Collections contains a varied collection of books, manuscripts, and scores. Highlights of the collection include a collection of printed scores from the estate of Aaron Copland and a number of religious materials including illuminated manuscript fragments, Psalters, and a copy of the Catholic Ladder.

Those interested in using materials from Special Collections should ask for assistance at the Library Service Desk, call 503.943.7111, or send an email to library@up.edu.

The Clark Library is also home to the University's set of Saint John's Bible, Heritage Edition. This high quality reproduction of the original illuminated manuscript is kept in a special display case on the Main Floor of the Library.

Use Policy

Materials in the Special Collections are available for use with certain provisions:

  • Please contact the Library 24 hours in advance to arrange use of Special Collections materials. When you schedule the appointment, be prepared to specify which material(s) you wish to view.
  • Please bring a photo ID.
  • No photocopying is permitted of Special Collections materials.
  • Use of the material will be limited to the area adjacent to the Library Service Desk.
  • Access is limited to Monday - Friday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. unless the Library is closed or by special arrangement.