Clark Library

Xan Arch, M.L.I.S., M.A., dean (until June 30, 2024)

Christina Prucha, M.L.I.S., Ed.D., head of collection services and interim dean (effective July 1, 2024)

Federico Martínez-García, Jr., M.L.I.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, faculty, and staff 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 Service Desk on the main floor is a central hub for borrowing materials and getting assistance with using about the library’s services and resources. Research help is also available at the Service Desk and through a 24/7 library chat service.


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

Contact Information


Service Desk:

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

Research Desk:

(503) 943-7788, 24/7 Library Chat, or

Digital Lab:

(503) 943-7796 or



Services and Resources

How to Use the Library: This online guide is for anyone new to UP or in need of a quick refresher and provides 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. Booths and individual study carrels are also reservable.

Technology: The main floor lab has Windows computers, along with printers and copier/scanners. Wireless printing is available. The main floor Service Desk loans out laptops, chargers, and headphones. The Digital Lab on the upper floor has Mac computers, scanners, a large format printer, and a 3D printer. Camera and sound recording equipment is available for checkout.

Collections: The Library provides access to a wealth of information, and the search tools for finding it. The collection includes books, e-books, CDs, DVDs, journals, e-journals, streaming video, and more. Resources at other libraries can be easily requested with timely delivery.

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

Digital Lab: The Digital Lab is located in the Room 301 in the Shiley Marcos Center for Design & Innovation. The 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. Subject and course guides as well as a chat service for 24-hour research assistance, are available through the library website.