University of Portland Bulletin 2020-2021

Clark Library

Xan Arch, M.L.S., M.A., dean

Christina Prucha, M.L.I.S., M.A., head of collection services

Jane Scott, M.L.S., head of public services

The Clark Library stands at the center of intellectual life at the University of Portland, fostering connections and knowledge creation to help students and faculty excel in research, scholarship, and creative expression. Through extensive collections, investments in tools for innovation and technology, and dedicated faculty and staff, the Library is a learning commons that draws hundreds of students in each day and offers them a place to gather, share ideas, create, and learn. The main floor Service Desk is a central place to get help and there is a chat service for 24-hour research assistance.

Hours and Contact Information

Fall and Spring Semester Hours (Visit the website to see holiday, interim, and summer hours.)


7:00 a.m.  –  2:00 a.m.


7:00 a.m.  –  9:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.


10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.

* A current UP ID card is required for entrance to the library after 5:00 p.m.

Contact Us

Service Desk:

(503) 943-7111 or (800) 841-8261

Research Desk:

(503) 943-7788, 24/7 Library Chat, or

Digital Lab Desk:

(503) 943-7796 or


Fax: (503) 943-7491

Services and Resources



Study and Learning Spaces: The main and upper floors are collaborative areas with a variety of seating options. The lower floor is a Quiet Floor for focused study. There are twenty group study rooms that can be reserved online; nine are equipped with monitors and computer connections.

Technology: The main floor lab has 50 Windows computers, along with printers and copier/scanners. The Digital Lab on the upper floor has 16 Mac computers, scanners, a large format printer, a 3D printer, plus camera and sound recording equipment that can be borrowed. The main floor Service Desk also loans out laptops and chargers.

Collections: The Library provides access to a wealth of information that is available from on campus or off campus. Collections include books, eBooks, streaming videos, DVDs, journals, eJournals, articles, CDs, and more. Beyond the local library collection, resources from other libraries can be requested through UP Library Search.

Research Support: Librarians and student assistants are available to assist with finding and using information for assignments and projects. Ask your questions through 24/7 chat, by email, or in person at the Research Desk on the main floor. Librarians are also available for individual consultations (in person or online). They also teach research sessions for a variety of classes. Online subject and course guides supplement personalized assistance.

Course Reserves: The course reserves service provides access to readings and articles for classes. Many class texts are also available to borrow from the main floor service desk. Students can check the reserves system to see what is available for their classes.

Digital Lab: The Library’s self-service Digital Lab offers students the space, equipment, software, and expert assistance to produce audio, video, photography, and design projects. Users from novice to expert are welcome.

Digital Collections: The Library creates Digital Collections featuring photographs, artifact images, and media to highlight the University of Portland story and support teaching and learning at the University. Collections include Art on CampusCampus Aerial Views and Maps, Digital Museum, History of NursingUniversity History and Presidents, University Songs, and more.