Alicia Salaz, Vice Provost and University Librarian
541-346-3485 fax
Library Administration, Knight Library
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon 97403-1299

About the Libraries

The University of Oregon Libraries supports the teaching, learning, and research programs of the university and is open to the general public. The range of support provided to the faculty and students is broad, including

  • reference and research assistance
  • information literacy and research data management instruction
  • access to print, media, and digital collections, including extensive special collections and archives
  • interlibrary loan services
  • access to computers and electronic resources
  • instructional technology support and training
  • media-rich classroom facilities
  • wireless access

The UO Libraries, an Association of Research Libraries member, houses one of the largest research collections in the Pacific Northwest, with more than 3.3 million titles in its general collection, and serves as many as 50,000 users per week during the fall and winter terms. Extensive holdings of manuscripts, microforms, CDs, DVDs, phonograph records, films, videotapes, slides, maps, and state, federal, and international documents complement the core collections. To meet the growing demand for digital resources, the UO Libraries continues to expand its digital holdings, with more than 1,398,000 digital objects and one million digital newspaper pages currently available online.

The UO Libraries is committed to providing a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought and expression is valued and respected. With a more global outlook and a focus on equity in service, we strive to create a powerful learning community, a welcoming space where all Library patrons can access the information necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Facilities and Resources

The University of Oregon Libraries comprises seven libraries: Knight Library (the main branch), four on-campus branch libraries, and two off-campus branch libraries. On-campus libraries include the John E. Jaqua Law Library, located in the Knight Law Center; the Allen Price Science Commons and Research Library, located in the Lorry I. Lokey Science Complex; the Mathematics Library in Fenton Hall; and the Design Library in Lawrence Hall. Off-campus libraries include the Loyd and Dorothy Rippey Library at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, Oregon, and the Portland Library and Learning Commons. Reference and research service is provided in all libraries. For hours of operation, consult the website.

The libraries provides access to an array of services and technology resources, including technology workshops, scanning equipment, digital cameras, color printers, and desktop computers equipped with production, presentation, and graphics software. The libraries also offers technology-rich and creative spaces such as the Visualization Lab and DeArmond MakerSpace in the Price Science Commons, and the Digital Research, Education, and Media (DREAM) Lab and the Innovate, Design, Aspire (IDEA) Space in Knight Library.

The UO Libraries' website is an excellent starting point from which to explore myriad information resources and services. With robust search capabilities, the website provides access to information on library services and programs and to resources in all formats. Materials not held by the UO Libraries or its regional partners may be borrowed through interlibrary loan.

The library’s online catalog is updated constantly with information about library materials, new books and book orders, and electronic journals. Users can search numerous online periodical indexes, databases, newspapers, e-books, and e-journals. Search tools for e-journals are accompanied by a feature that allows users to easily locate the full text of articles. Convenient access to unique digital collections is provided through the website as well.


The UO Libraries' instructional programs include technology workshops, in-class presentations by librarians and archivists, and credit courses on research methods, information access, data management, and digital scholarship. These programs reach more than 22,000 students and faculty members each year.

The UO Libraries collaborates with faculty members and students to advance research and scholarly communication using new media and digital technologies. Based on a foundation of access, sharing, and preservation, the library provides digital asset management, digital preservation, training, consultations, and tools for digital scholarship. The library also manages and maintains the UO Scholars’ Bank, an online archive of the scholarly output of the campus community, and assists researchers with the organization, management, and curation of data.

The staff of the UO Libraries is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in education, research, and service, and strives to ensure that collections, services, and facilities are accessible to all users. For more information, consult the website. For assistance or accommodation, please contact a staff member in person at any service desk or by phone, email, or a live chat session. Special accommodation requests may be directed to the Library Administration office staff at 541-346-3056.


Students who are currently enrolled or registered and University of Oregon faculty and staff members may borrow materials from the UO Libraries. They also may borrow materials and receive online article deliveries from any of the other libraries with which the UO Libraries has reciprocal lending agreements. A number of document delivery services are available, including special programs for distance-education students. Through its course reserves program, the library provides students with access to selected course readings. Information on access to user accounts and other services is available on the library’s website.

Student Employment

The library employs students to assist in all facets of library operations, and students often are able to work in areas related to their academic, professional, and personal interests. For more information, contact the library's Human Resources office at 541-346-1898.


The first official library at the University of Oregon was established in 1891, when Henry Villard donated a book collection valued at $1,000. As collections grew during the next twenty years, the library moved to progressively larger quarters in various locations. In 1905 the legislature appropriated funds for a new library building, now Fenton Hall. The building was completed in 1907, and a fireproof stack annex was added in 1913.

Knight Library was designed by Ellis F. Lawrence and constructed in 1937. The facade has been described as "exotic, a combination of modernized Lombardy and Greco-Roman with art deco details." The building contains exceptionally fine exterior and interior decorative work, including the fifteen stone heads by Edna Dunberg and Louise Utter Pritchard, ornamental memorial gates by O. B. Dawson, and carved wooden panels by Arthur Clough. The 1937 building and the quadrangle it faces are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Additions to Knight Library were constructed in 1950 and 1966. During a third expansion and renovation project, a 132,000-square-foot addition was completed in 1992, and substantial renovation of the existing building was completed in 1994.

Donor Program

Gifts from alumni and friends help strengthen library collections, enhance library facilities, purchase new technology, employ student assistants, and preserve Oregon’s rich history. For more information, call the Library Administration office at 541-346-3056.


Margaret Alexander, assistant librarian; core systems librarian. BA, 1989, Kenyon College; MLIS, 1995, San Jose State. (2020)

Megan Austin, assistant librarian; law instruction librarian. BA, 1990, Maryland, Baltimore County; JD, 1993, Arizona. (2016)

Alexandra M. Bisio, assistant librarian; lead processing archivist. BA, 2009, Santa Clara; MLIS, MA, 2012, Simmons College. (2017)

Kristin K. Buxton, assistant librarian; science librarian. BS, 1996, Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; MLIS, 2007, Washington (Seattle). (2017)

Damon Campbell, associate librarian; acquisitions librarian. BA, 2004, DePaul; MLIS, 2007, Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. (2013)

Tina S. Ching, associate librarian; law reference librarian. BA, 2001, Willamette; JD, 2004, Oregon; MLIS, 2005, Washington (Seattle). (2017)

Nancy Cunningham, senior librarian; interim associate vice provost and university librarian, research, instruction, and access services. BA, 1983, San Francisco State; MLIS, 1986, California, Berkeley; MBA, 1997, St. Mary's. (2019)

David de Lorenzo, senior librarian; Giustina Director of Special Collections and University Archives. BA, 1976, Wabash College; MLIS, 1979, Simmons College. (2016)

Katherine S. Donaldson, associate librarian; social sciences–education librarian. BA, 2012, Macalester College; MLIS, 2014, Washington (Seattle). (2016)

David C. Fowler, associate professor; senior librarian; collection management librarian. BA, 1984, Alaska, Anchorage; MLS, 1995, State University of New York, Albany. (2006).

Mary Frances Gaede, associate librarian; director, digital scholarship services. BA, 2011, MS, 2013, Texas, Austin. (2017)

Nathan Georgitis, senior librarian; digital collections librarian. BA, 1996, Brown; MLS, 2000, Simmons College. (2003)

Lauren Goss, assistant librarian; special collections public services librarian. BA, 2011, Oregon; MLIS, 2017, San Jose State. (2020)

Mary C. Grenci, associate librarian; interim director, electronic resources and acquisitions. BMus, 1985, Youngstown State; MMus, 1987, New England Conservatory of Music; MLS, 1995, Southern Connecticut. (1996)

Heghine Hakobyan, associate librarian; Slavic librarian. BA, 1983, Kurgan College of Culture and Enlightenment; MA, 1988, Tyuman State; MLIS, 2003, City University of New York, Queens College. (2007)

Gabriele Hayden, assistant librarian; research data management and reproducibility librarian. BA, 2000, Reed College; PhD, 2016, Yale. (2019)

Ray Henry, senior librarian; director, applications development and integration. BA, 2006, Portland State; MLIS, 2008, Washington (Seattle). (2020)

James “Ryan” Hildebrand, associate librarian; authorities and special collections catalog librarian. BA, 1999, California, Riverside; MLIS, 2002, California, Los Angeles. (2015)

David H. Ketchum, associate librarian; director, access services. BA, 2004, Montana; MLIS, 2008, Southern Mississippi. (2012)

Kathleen M. Lenn, professor; director, research and instructional services. BA, 1983, Eastern Illinois; MLS, 1985, Illinois. (1985)

Linda J. Long, senior librarian; manuscripts librarian. BA, 1978, Seattle; MA, 1979, Case Western; MLS, 1987, Brigham Young. (1997)

Bronwen Maxson, assistant librarian; coordinator, undergraduate engagement and instructional services. BA, 2006, Colorado, Boulder; MLIS, 2013, Denver. (2019)

Kevin McDowell, associate librarian; Japanese studies librarian. BA, 1992, Oregon; MA, 2002, British Columbia; MLIS, 2003, Arizona. (2012)

Kelley C. McGrath, senior librarian; metadata management librarian. BA, 1992, Ohio State; MLS, 1999, Indiana, Bloomington. (2010)

Danielle Mericle, senior librarian; curator of visual materials. BFA, 1998, Georgia; MFA, 2003, Syracuse. (2018)

Victoria S. Mitchell, associate librarian; government information librarian. BS, 1979, California; MSLIS, 1989, Simmons College. (2001)

Austin J. Munsell, assistant librarian; collections manager, special collections and university archives. BA, 2005, Oregon; MLIS, 2014, Washington (Seattle). (2018)

Angus B. Nesbit, senior librarian; law reference librarian. BA, 1984, Maine; MLIS, 1985, Pittsburgh; JD, 1992, Oregon. (1997)

Patrick Patterson, assistant librarian; web services librarian. BA, 1995, Western Michigan; MLIS, 2006, Indiana Bloomington. (2020)

Elizabeth M. Peterson, senior librarian; humanities librarian. BA, 1990, California, Santa Cruz; MLIS, 2002, San Jose State. (2006)

Kelly Christianson Reynolds, associate librarian; law reference librarian. BS, 1997, Washington and Lee; JD, 2000, Brigham Young; MLIS, 2004, North Texas. (2011)

Miriam E. Rigby, senior librarian; social science librarian. BA, 2002, Reed College; MA, 2004, Chicago; MLIS, 2008, Washington (Seattle). (2008)

Lori Proudfit Robare, professor; interim director, cataloging, metadata, and preservation services. BA, 1982, Lewis and Clark; MA, 1986, Monterey Institute of International Studies; MLIS, 1992, California, Berkeley. (1994)

Sarah Seymore, assistant librarian; digital collections metadata librarian. BA, 20011, Seton Hall; MLIS, 2013, Rutgers. (2016)

Ann B. Shaffer, associate librarian; music librarian. BA, 1998, Smith College; MA, MLS, 2004, PhD, ABD, 2008, Indiana, Bloomington. (2011)

Julia C. Simic, associate professor; assistant director, digital scholarship services, digital production, and preservation. BA, 1993, MLS, 1996, Indiana. (2006)

Genifer Snipes, associate librarian; social sciences–business and economics librarian. BA, 2010, Centre College; MLIS, 2012, Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; MS, 2017, West Virginia. (2017)

Jeffrey Staiger, associate librarian; humanities librarian—Romance languages. BA, 1985, Williams College; PhD, 1997, California, MLIS, 2005, Rutgers. (2006)

Erin Passehl Stoddart, associate librarian; interim associate vice provost and university librarian, collection services. BA, 2003, Wisconsin, Madison; MSI, 2007, Michigan, Ann Arbor. (2018)

Rick Stoddart, associate librarian pro tem; library assessment coordinator. BA, 1995, Montana, Missoula; MLIS, 2003, MA, 2005, Alabama, Tuscaloosa; EdD, 2015, Boise State. (2020)

Kathleen P. Stroud, associate librarian; David and Nancy Petrone Map-GIS Librarian. BS, 1988, Pennsylvania State; MLS, 2005, Maryland, College Park. (2011)

Kathryn M. Thornhill, assistant librarian; digital scholarship librarian. BFA, 2009, BA, 2010, Massachusetts, Dartmouth; MLIS, 2013, Simmons College. (2018)

Ilona Tsutsui, associate librarian; team leader, law collections. BS, 1997, Oregon; MLS, 2006, Emporia State. (2008)

Rayne Vieger, assistant librarian; e-learning and open educational resources coordinator. BA, 2009, MLIS, 2011, North Texas. (2019)

Andrew Wang, assistant librarian; art and architecture librarian. BA, 2013, Temple; MA, MLIS, 2017, Indiana. (2020)

Dean P. Walton, associate professor; senior librarian; Lorry I. Lokey Science and Technology Outreach Librarian. BS, 1983, American; PhD, 1990, Georgetown; MLS, 2005, Southern Connecticut State. (2005)

Ann Zeidman-Karpinski, associate professor; senior librarian; Kenneth M. and Kenda H. Singer Science Librarian. BA, 1992, Oberlin; MA, 1996, Rutgers; MLIS, 2002, California, Los Angeles. (2002)


Sara N. Brownmiller, professor emerita. BA, 1974, Incarnate Word; MLS, 1978, Arizona. (1987)

Deborah A. Carver, professor emerita. BA. 1973, Massachusetts; MLS, 1976, North Carolina, Chapel Hll; MPA, 1984, Virginia Charlottesville. (1990)

Lawrence N. Crumb, associate professor emeritus. BA, 1958, Pomona; MA, 1967, Wisconsin, Madison; M.Div., 1961, S.T.M., 1973, Nashotah House. (1978)

J. Richard Heinzkill, professor emeritus. BA, 1955, Saint John’s (Collegeville); AMLS, 1964, Michigan, Ann Arbor. (1967)

Dennis R. Hyatt, professor emeritus. BA, 1955, Saint John's (Collegeville); AMLS, 1964, Michigan, Ann Arbor. (1967)

William C. Leonard, professor emeritus. AA, 1958, San Jose City; BS, 1965, MS, 1970, Oregon. (1968)

Howard A. Lindstrom, associate professor emeritus. BS, 1958, Southern Oregon State; MA, 1966, California State, San Jose; EdD, 1987, Oregon. (1987)

Huibert Paul, assistant professor emeritus. BA, 1963, Sophia, Tokyo; MLS, 1965, California, Berkeley. (1965)

K. Keith Richard, professor emeritus. BS, 1958, Oregon College of Education; MS, 1964, MLS, 1971, Oregon. (1972)

George W. Shipman, university librarian and Philip H. Knight Chair 1997–2000 emeritus. BA, 1963, Albion; MA, 1965, Western Michigan; AMLS, 1967, Michigan, Ann Arbor. (1980)

Marcia J. Sigler, assistant professor emerita. BA, 1944, Ohio Wesleyan; BS, 1956, MLS, 1958, California, Berkeley. (1969)

Nancy Slight-Gibney, professor emerita. BA, 1978, MA, 1986, Oregon; MLIS, 1990, Michigan, Ann Arbor. (1993)

Christine L. Sundt, professor emerita. BA, 1969, Illinois, Chicago; MA, 1972, Wisconsin, Madison. (1985)

Bruce Harwood Tabb, associate professor emeritus; special collections librarian. BMus, 1987, Cincinnati; MMus, 1989, Yale; MLS, 1991, Southern Connecticut. (1992)

Edward H. Teague, professor emeritus; director, branch libraries. BFA, 1972, North Carolina, Chapel Hill; MA, 1976, Georgia; MLS, 1978, North Carolina, Chapel Hill. (2011)

Luise E. Walker, associate professor emerita; science reference librarian. AB, 1951, Washington (Seattle); AMLS, 1955, Michigan, Ann Arbor; MS, 1961, State University of New York, College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry. (1967)

The date in parentheses at the end of each entry is the first year on the University of Oregon faculty.


Course usage information

LIB 199. Special Studies: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable. Introduction to general library resources and to subject-related library resources. Repeatable when topic changes.

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LIB 399. Special Studies: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable. Introduction to general library resources and to subject-related library resources. Repeatable when topic changes.

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LIB 405. Reading and Conference: [Topic]. 1-21 Credits.

Repeatable up to six times.

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LIB 407. Seminar: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Topics are Library Resources, Bibliography. Repeatable up to six times.

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LIB 409. Practicum: [Topic]. 1-12 Credits.


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LIB 410. Experimental Course: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable up to six times.

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LIB 507. Seminar: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Topics are Library Resources, Bibliography. Repeatable up to six times.

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LIB 510. Experimental Course: [Topic]. 1-5 Credits.

Repeatable up to six times.

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LIB 605. Reading and Conference: [Topic]. 1-16 Credits.

Repeatable up to six times.

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LIB 607. Seminar: [Topic]. 1-6 Credits.