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Book a research appointment

We schedule research visits by appointment between 8:30am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, depending on availability. On-site research access to collections is free to the public.

NOTE: We host researchers in our facility in the Old Library/Auditorium building on the OHSU Marquam Hill campus. As of 2019, access to our research room may be disrupted due to building renovations. If necessary, we will make alternate arrangements to host your research visit in another library location on campus. Detailed directions will be provided to researchers upon appointment confirmation.

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

Search our collections:
Search collection guides by keyword in Archives West
Library catalog
Digital collections
Class and subject guides

Request a reproduction:
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.
Reproduction request form and guidelines

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.

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.


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 or tax 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.

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.