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Guide to 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) anticipates being open by appointment only until further notice, beginning Week 3 of fall term (Monday, October 12). 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 fall term. In-person collection consultations will be offered by appointment. By appointment hours for fall term are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in the following blocks: Monday, Noon to 3:00 pm; Tuesday, 10:00 am to Noon; Wednesday, no hours available; Thursday, 10:00 am to Noon; Friday, Noon to 3:00 pm. 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.

Appointments must be made five (5) business days in advance, and preliminary Zoom consultations are required prior to setting appointments. 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 in the fall, 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.


Fall term reference service updates:

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, on-site collection consultations beginning Week 3 of fall term (October 12). This page and the SCARC website will be updated with additional information as it becomes available.

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