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Guide to the Special Collections and Archives Research Center

A guide to SCARC services; for additional information, please see our website

Instruction Requests

  • SCARC will have limited instructional capabilities for the 2021/2022 academic year. 

  • Issues of space, scheduling, and staffing will need to be considered for each class request, and requests are not guaranteed to be fulfilled. 

  • We are only able to teach class sessions taught prior to Fall 2021. While we are not accepting new class requests this year, we hope you'll keep SCARC in mind for the 2022/2023 academic year, and contact us to talk about future sessions. 

  • We are not able to host multiple onsite class sessions for the same course this year. 

  • We are not able to accept instruction requests after:
    • Friday, September 17, 2021 for fall term;
    • Friday, January 7, 2022 for winter term;
    • Friday, March 25, 2022 for spring term.

Teaching Support via Online Resources 

Additionally, SCARC staff have created a number of course-related and topical guides that may help you find sources on a variety of topics, including but not limited to: botany, beer and brewing, early photographic formats, fine press and artists' books, local farming, multicultural and queer communities in Oregon, and travel and tourism. You can see a complete list of SCARC's guides by clicking the hyperlink below.

SCARC's course-related and topical guides

SCARC staff can also provide remote instruction and research support for you and your students. Contact us to explore options!


SCARC is open to hosting on-site, in-person events. If you have an idea for an event, and would like to partner with us, please email us at

We still want to share our collections with you, and you can engage with them online! We have blogs to suit virtually any interest, from OSU history to rare books, multicultural communities to beer and Linus Pauling. Or, if you’d like to listen to some stories, our oral history collections are second to none.

A list of all our social media accounts is available on our website.


We’re excited to announce the addition of Open House hours during spring term! Beginning March 30, visitors can drop by our Reading Room on the 5th floor of the Valley Library every Wednesday between the hours of 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. One of our outstanding Student Archivists will be on hand to answer general questions about our space and services.

The Linus Pauling Office exhibit will also be open for self-guided tours. In-stacks tours of the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers have been discontinued.

Please note:

  • No appointments will be offered during these open house hours; researchers interested in making an appointment to work with collections in person, or who have questions about the scope of our holdings and the research we can support, should contact us at

  • The Reading Room is not an open study space. The first floor is a designated silent floor, and the 6th floor is home to the Graduate Student Commons. Study rooms throughout the library can be reserved at the Circulation Desk on the 2nd floor, and the rotunda on the 5th floor is a great place to study.

Please contact us at for more information or with any questions.


Main Exhibit: “Legacy of an Oregonian Photographer: the Chuck Williams Photographic Collection”
Location: SCARC's 5th Floor Exhibit Gallery
Hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm (subject to change pending staff availability)

Small Case Exhibit: Our Favorite Things: SCARC Archivists Spotlight Collection Highlights
Location: 5th floor concourse, just outside SCARC's main doors
Hours: Valley Library hours