HCA research room

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Plan a Research Visit

On-site research access to collections is free to the public. To conduct on-site research in our collections, please make an appointment by contacting or by calling 503 494-5587.

We schedule research appointments between 8:30am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. We are also open for walk-in hours 12pm-3pm on Thursday afternoons.

Our public facility is located in room 300 of the Old Library/Auditorium building on OHSU's Marquam Hill campus. You will find our location highlighted on this map, which offers customized driving, biking and public transit directions from any location:
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Note: Our public facility is currently accessible via stairs only. To request alternate accommodations for your visit, please contact us.

Use Our Collections

We support broad access to our collections through online finding aids, the library catalog, digitization, and reference assistance.

Search our collections:
Finding aids
Search by keyword in Archives West
Library Catalog
Digital Collections
Class and subject guides

HC&A provides a full range of services, including photocopies and scanning, to support access to our collections. Please consult our Service Fee Schedule for a complete list of services and payment options.

HC&A staff do not conduct research on behalf of patrons, but can provide references for independent contractors upon request.

We consult with the OHSU community on using university history and historical collections for outreach and community engagement. Our role is identifying relevant materials for research and presentation, and overseeing preservation and display of materials. We can provide references for independent contractors with expertise in historical research, visual design, content development, and project management.

Classes and Group Visits

Our staff and facilities are available for classes, meetings, and tours. We will work with you to plan a customized experience for your group.

We encourage instructors to incorporate our resources in the history of the health sciences into their classes. We will work with you to select materials and schedule our research room for a specific class session or series.

Please contact us to arrange a class or visit.

Donate or Transfer Materials

Our collections are built primarily through donations. Our staff work with the OHSU community and the general public to ensure that historic materials are stewarded responsibly and preserved for the future. If we are unable to accept a donation, we will assist you in identifying a more appropriate repository.

We actively collect books, papers, photographs,artifacts, memorabilia, and other materials pertaining to the history of OHSU and the history of the health sciences. We are strongly interested in the personal collections of alumni and employees. To discuss the donation of your personal collection, please contact us.

To transfer administrative records from an OHSU department, please consult O2 for records retention procedures, and then contact us to discuss the transfer.

Note: A tax professional can assist you in determining whether your gift is tax-deductible.Library staff are prohibited from assisting donors in determining the value ortax status of donations. Your Old Books answers many common questions about the value of books. Consult with a qualified appraiser to obtain a detailed evaluation of your collection. Our colleagues at Oregon Historical Society have created this useful list of appraisers and conservators for individuals looking to determine the value of a donation.

Digital Assets Management

In collaboration with the Library Technology Department, we provide a digital preservation environment and deliver digital assets management consultation services for OHSU units. This service safeguards OHSU's digital assets, and provides education and support for the OHSU community with centralized internal digital media management and sharing. We work with OHSU community members on how to use the Library's digital assets management system in order to enhance the description, tracking, security, access, and sharing of creative works like digital photography, video, and sound.