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Special Collections and Archives Research Center Services during COVID-19


SCARC’s on-site public services are available by appointment only.

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 be open by appointment only until further notice. Winter term 2021 appointments will begin Monday, January 11, 2021 (week 2 of the term). SCARC staff are committed to mitigating the risks associated with on-site collection consultations through a quarantine period of research materials before and after each appointment, disinfection of surfaces and high-touch points, wearing face coverings, and appropriate physical distancing.

We will not be offering drop-in consultation or reference services in our Reading Room during the 2020-2021 academic year. In-person collection consultations will be offered by appointment only. By appointment hours for winter term term are: Mondays from 1pm - 3:30pm; Tuesdays from Noon - 3pm; Wednesdays, no hours available; Thursdays from 11am - 2pm; and Fridays from 1pm - 3:30pm. 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. Wearing a face covering is required for the duration 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.

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.


2020-2021 Academic Year Reference Services:

Your archivists are here to help!

Staff of the library’s Special Collections and Archives Research Center are available for by-appointment virtual reference consultations Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please email us at to set up a virtual reference consultation.

Staff began offering by-appointment only, on-site collection consultations beginning in fall term 2020 [Week 3 of fall term, October 12, and the last onsite appointment was Tuesday, November 24]. Winter term 2021 on-site consultation appointments will resume Monday, January 11, 2021. This page and the SCARC website will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

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