The Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Library is the largest health sciences library in Oregon. We support teaching, research and patient care. We serve OHSU faculty, staff and students in Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and many other healthcare programs, as well as Oregon health professionals and residents. We offer library services and access to our collections 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 (Auditorium). We partner with the Isabel MacDonald Library to offer services and collections on the OHSU West Campus.
The University Librarian and the Library Department Heads work collaboratively to develop the library strategic plan and goals, appoint and guide library committee/working group/task force members, and advise the University on library policies, assessment, initiatives, and resource allocation. Anyone may suggest a topic for discussion by the Library leadership. Library Council, an advisory group to the University Librarian consisting of Library Department Heads and one elected representative of the unclassified and classified staff, contributed to library governance until disbanded in 2022.
What We Do
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 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.
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 Clinical Outreach
The Education, Research, and Clinical 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 exhibits, events, and the OHSU Oral History Program.
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.
We acknowledge the original inhabitants and traditional village sites of the land Oregon Health & Science University is occupying and built upon: the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, Watlala bands of the Chinook, the Tualatin Kalapuya, Molalla, Wasco and many Indigenous nations of the Willamette Valley and Columbia River Plateau. We take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land - past, present, and future.