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Collection Development and Maintenance

Collections in Storage


To accommodate the varied needs of an academic library, some physical collections may be moved to a location outside the main library building.  These buildings are often referred to as “storage” and support preserving the print collection while allowing prime library building space to shift from bookshelves to spaces that support collaboration and learning.

The OSULP storage location houses print journals, and print theses and dissertations.  All print journals with a retention commitment through the WEST print preservation membership are also stored in storage.  Many of these items are available online through the library catalog or Scholar’s Archive.  Print journals can take up extensive shelf space and are often referred to infrequently or for one article.  OSULP offers article access through online subscriptions or by requesting through Scan & Deliver.  The strategy to house print journals in storage allows for the collection in the Valley Library to be accessible and to grow. 

Accessing Materials from Storage

OSULP’s storage building is located two miles from the Corvallis campus. It is a climate-controlled space with high-density shelving and environmental monitoring. Although it is a closed-access space, materials can be requested for retrieval from the library catalog for pick up at the Valley Library circulation desk. Items requested by Noon Monday through Friday are filled by the next business day. Requests from storage for branch library patrons should arrive within 3 business days.