About the Library

OHSU Library

The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Library, the largest health sciences library in Oregon, serves the faculty, staff and students of OHSU, as well as health professionals and residents of the State of Oregon.  The OHSU Library supports the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Nursing; College of Pharmacy; OHSU Healthcare; and related programs.  The OHSU Library staff provides services in support of teaching, research and patient care.  Library services are offered through the web and at the OHSU Library in the Biomedical Information Communication Center (BICC), the Robertson Life Sciences Building (RLSB) and the OHSU Historical Collections & Archives in the Old Library.  Collections are housed in the OHSU Library, the RLSB and the Old Library. The OHSU Library partners with the Isabel MacDonald Library at the Oregon National Primate Research Center to offer services and collections to the OHSU community.

What We Do

Administration

The Library Administration department oversees budgeting, purchasing, travel arrangements, contracting, facilities, and human resources for the Library and coordinates with internal OHSU departments as needed. 

Access Services

Access Services connects library users with experts, collections, technology, and library spaces, when and where they’re needed. We assist library users at the BICC and LRC service desks, answer questions over the phone or email, and work to fulfill your requests for library materials.

Collection Management

The Collection Management Department develops and executes collection strategies that are responsive to the needs of OHSU and the broader healthcare community by collaborating with library staff and campus community on needs assessment, promotion, evaluation, and maintenance of library collections.

Education, Research, and Outreach

The Education, Research, and Outreach Department supports teaching, learning, research and clinical care at OHSU.  Through instruction, outreach, and service activities, including consultations, workshops, lectures, and tool-building, we work to further the success of our community members in the discovery, critical evaluation, management, and dissemination of knowledge.

Historical Collections & Archives

Historical Collections & Archives is the home of OHSU's collections of rare books, archives, manuscripts, and artifacts. HC&A supports education and research using these unique collections, and promotes diverse and engaging perspectives on the history of health sciences through our exhibitsevents, and the OHSU Oral History Program.

Technology Department

The Technology Department supports all areas of the Library with technology needs, these solutions can be purchased, custom built, or a combination.  We help select, configure, and deploy hardware and software as solutions and our range of work includes printing, custom web tools, and instruction on using technology.

Mission

The OHSU Library advances the effective, efficient, and ethical use of information in support of education, research, and healthcare.

Vision

In service of our mission, the Library will:

  • Cultivate a physical and virtual environment that fosters discovery and collaboration.
  • Teach skills and develop tools to navigate, interpret, and analyze the information landscape.
  • Prepare students for success by advancing research, evidence-based practice, and lifelong learning.
  • Stimulate, disseminate, and preserve OHSU scholarly output to better facilitate research and improve health outcomes for the local, regional, and global society.

Values

    • Collaboration 
    • Innovation 
    • Diversity 
    • Research 
    • Knowledge 
    • Integrity