Portland-State-University 2023-2024 Bulletin

University Library

Michael Bowman, Interim Dean



The University Library supports students with online and print resources, a variety of study spaces and technology, and research help and instruction. The electronic collections, available at the Library’s website, include thousands of academic resources like journals, books, streaming media, and databases, available online on- and off-campus. The Branford Price Millar Library, located on the west side of the South Park Blocks next to the Viking Pavilion, houses a large collection of books, journals, DVDs, and more. Students will find comfortable study spaces, tables for group work, computer labs, and quiet floors. The Library also loans technology like laptops, iPads, and calculators. Special Collections and University Archives feature unique materials of regional and scholarly interest. PDXScholar, the university’s digital repository, includes PSU theses, dissertations, open access textbooks, and student and faculty scholarly contributions.

Librarians teach classes and workshops on library information and resources. Faculty can use the website to request an instruction session for their class. 

The Library encourages students to ask for help with research. Visit the Library Reference Desk on the Library’s second floor, call 503-725-2399, or contact us by chat, text, or email. Subject librarians are available to consult with faculty and students on in-depth research questions, theses, and dissertations.

Tutoring is available on the second floor at the Writing Center Outpost (weekday mornings) and the Learning Center.

To check out materials, visit the Circulation desk on the first floor. A valid PSU ID is required. More information about borrowing materials, loan periods, fines, and renewals is available online.

Course reserves materials may be checked out at the Circulation desk on the first floor. Online course reserves are available via the Library’s website.

The Library provides collaborative study spaces and technology-enabled environments designed to enhance students’ learning experiences. Group study rooms, three practice presentation rooms, a family friendly study room, and the Graduate Student Collaboration Hub are available. They can be reserved in advance online. Keys may be picked up at the Circulation desk. The Library also provides designated quiet study floors for individual study as well as spaces for attending online classes on the second floor.

Food and drinks are allowed.

The Library’s hours vary throughout the year. Visit the Library’s website or call 503-725-5874 for current hours.