The library and archives are the crossroads of academic inquiry on campus. They are both a physical space and a virtual presence that stimulates and satisfies intellectual curiosity, encourages scholarship, and allows students to come together to do their work. There is the mistaken idea that libraries will disappear with information increasingly available on the Internet, but much of scholarly information is proprietary and expensive. As we move from traditional formats to electronic, good scholarship requires more well-honed and sophisticated research skills than ever before, which means one of our roles is to help students and faculty be successful in the complex environment of information and technology. We provide access to significant interdisciplinary and special collections and have knowledgeable staff who guide users through their research process.
We are also one of the cultural organizations that is dedicated to preserving Oregon's history for future generations. Your generosity allows us to strengthen our collections and improve our services, all for the direct benefit of students and faculty. Whether you donate funds in support of emerging areas of study, endow a position in archives, or help us to purchase a book or electronic journal you are contributing to the tradition and future of a liberal education.