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Special Collections and Archives Research Center Services during COVID-19


SCARC’s on-site research appointments will be suspended over the summer, beginning June 14. On-site appointments will resume the second full week of fall term (October 4).

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To contribute to a safer and healthy community for OSU faculty, staff, and students, as well as the greater Corvallis community, the Special Collections and Archives Research Center (SCARC) will not be offering drop-in consultation or reference services in our Reading Room; in-person collection consultations will be offered by appointment only until further notice. Limited spring term appointments - Monday and Friday only - will begin Monday, April 5, 2021 (week 2 of the term). Expanded appointment slots - Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays - will be offered beginning in Week 3 of the term (April 12), and will run through Friday, June 11.

SCARC will suspend on-site researcher appointments beginning June 14, and will resume on-site researcher appointments in the second full week of fall term. Available appointment slots will be determined later this summer; please continue to monitor this page for more information.

By appointment hours for spring term are: Mondays from Noon to 3pm; Tuesdays from 1pm to 4pm; Wednesdays, no appointments offered; Thursdays, from 11am to 2pm; and Fridays from Noon to 3pm. Please note that the appointment schedule is subject to change based on a number of extenuating factors, including but not limited to: staff availability, the University’s operations level, and inclement weather conditions. Please continue to monitor this page and SCARC's website for additional information about our appointment availability.

A preliminary Zoom consultation is required prior to setting an appointment; appointments will be scheduled at least three (3) business days from the date of the Zoom consultation, pending appointment availability, staffing capacity, and the University’s operations level. One patron visit will be scheduled per day, and appointments will be booked for the entire block of available time on the day of your visit. Paging-on-demand service will not be offered; materials necessary to your research must be requested in advance, and will be limited to five (5) cubic feet of material.

Wearing a face covering is required for the duration of your visit. Please note that face shields must be accompanied by a face mask, per CDC guidelines and University policy. SCARC staff are committed to mitigating the risks associated with on-site collection consultations through the disinfection of surfaces and high-touch points, wearing face coverings, and appropriate physical distancing.

At this time, we are unable to accommodate the use of inter-library loans (ILL), born-digital, audio-visual (cassette tapes, DVDs / CDs, or VHS) or microform materials (microfilm or microfiche) during on-site consultations. Oversize materials - including but not limited to flat-file maps, architectural drawings, and aerials - are also inaccessible at this time. Please contact us at for more information.

Our highest priority is to work with OSU classes and students, and we remain committed to providing high-quality teaching and research services. However, during the COVID-19 crisis, and in accordance with the university’s mandate for faculty and staff to work remotely whenever possible, SCARC staff will have a limited capacity for digitization for class instruction or remote reference inquiries.

We miss seeing you in our reading room, and while SCARC’s on-site public services will be limited this academic year, remote reference inquiries are being addressed to the best of our ability. There is a wealth of online content in Oregon Digital, on the SCARC website, in ScholarsArchive@OSU, in SCARC LibGuides, and on OSU MediaSpace, and public services staff are available to assist you in navigating and searching these sites.

We will continue to respond to general and reference questions remotely via our department email,

We apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your patience and understanding. We wish you continued good health.

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Staff of the library’s Special Collections and Archives Research Center are available for virtual reference consultations. Please email us at if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment.