OHSU Historical Collections & Archives welcomes the OHSU community and the general public to use the collections for research, teaching, and personal study.

Visitors may access collections during walk-in hours in the History of Medicine Room, or by appointment. Before your visit, please contact our staff at or 503 494-5587 to ensure that collections are available.

General Access Procedures

Food and drink are not permitted in HC&A

First-time visitors must register and receive orientation in the use of HC&A collections

All visitors must sign in. Visitors may be asked to show a photo ID

Materials must be requested in writing

Materials do not circulate. Interlibrary loans and exhibition loans are subject to HC&A's loan policies.

Visitors are monitored by HC&A staff, or another designated library staff member

Personal devices such as laptops and tablets, as well as pencil and paper, may be used. Pens or other marking devices are not permitted. Coats, hats, bags, and other personal belongings must be checked in.

Digital cameras and scanners may be used at the discretion of HC&A staff

Cell phones or pagers must be silenced

Materials may not be marked, erased, folded, torn, cut, traced, or altered in any way.

Folders and their contents must remain in original order. Remove only one folder at a time from a box.

Visitors may be asked to take special precautions, such as wearing gloves, to handle certain materials

HC&A provides scans and photocopies of materials for a fee. Copyright laws are applicable.

Authors wishing to publish from HC&A collections must make requests in writing. Authors are responsible for determining copyright status of materials, and obtaining permission from copyright holders.

HC&A reserves the right to deny requests for access or reproduction due to preservation concerns, legal requirements (HIPAA, FERPA), OHSU requirements, or donor restrictions.

HC&A reserves the right to restrict or deny access to visitors who do not comply with these guidelines.