Clark Library

Xan Arch, M.L.I.S., M.A., dean

Christina Prucha, M.L.I.S., Ed.D., head of collection services

Jane Scott, M.L.S., head of public services

The Clark Library stands at the center of intellectual life at the University of Portland, fostering connections and knowledge creation to help students and faculty excel in research, scholarship, and creative expression. Through extensive collections, investments in tools for innovation and technology, and dedicated faculty and staff, the Library supports students wherever they are located

The library building is a learning commons that offers students a place to gather, share ideas, create, and learn. The main floor Service Desk is a central place to get help and there is a chat service for 24-hour research assistance.


Visit the Clark Library website to see the current schedule for library building hours during the year.

Contact Information


Service Desk:

(503) 943-7111 or (800) 841-8261

Research Desk:

(503) 943-7788, 24/7 Library Chat, or

Digital Lab Desk:

(503) 943-7796 or


Fax: (503) 943-7491

Services and Resources

Online Library Orientation: For students new to UP or to the Clark Library, the orientation is a self-paced introduction to library services and resources.

Study and Learning Spaces: The main and upper floors are collaborative areas with a variety of seating options. The lower floor is a Quiet Floor for focused study. There are twenty group study rooms that can be reserved online; nine are equipped with monitors and computer connections.

Technology: The main floor lab has 50 Windows computers, along with printers and copier/scanners. Wireless printing is available. The main floor Service Desk loans out laptops and chargers. The Digital Lab on the upper floor has 16 Mac computers, scanners, a large format printer, a 3D printer, plus camera and sound recording equipment that can be borrowed.

Collections: The Library provides access to a wealth of information, and the database tools for finding it. Collections include books, eBooks, CDs, DVDS, journals, eJournals, streaming videos, and more. Resources at other libraries can be easily requested using UP Library Search with timely delivery to the Library and/or email accounts.

Course Reserves: Many instructors use the library’s course reserves service to make class materials available to students.

Digital Lab: The Digital Lab provides current University of Portland students with the equipment, software, and support to produce audio, video, photography, and design research projects. The Digital Lab coordinator is also available for consultations on multimedia projects.

Research Support: Librarians are available for individual consultations and to meet with classes to provide library instruction. Online subject and course guides and a chat service for 24-hour research assistance are also available.