Reed catalog mail delivery and scan request options

There are two new delivery options when requesting Reed books from the catalog. Questions? Email

Mail delivery

If you are in Portland and would like a book delivered to your Reed mailbox, choose “Reed mailbox delivery”. If you would like materials mailed to you, choose “Ship to – provide address in comment”. If you choose the “Reed Library” option, we will email you for delivery preference, as the library is not currently available for pick up.

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Note that the Summit lending service is still suspended until further notice. Contact your subject librarian for help identifying alternative sources.

Scan requests

If you would like particular pages from a book scanned and emailed to you, choose “Digitization”.

Click the partial button and fill in the pages or chapter you would like scanned. The library cannot scan an entire book or multiple chapters.

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We will email you the digitized pages within 48 hours of receiving the request. Weekend requests may take an extra day.

For article requests, use interlibrary loan.

Library News for Summer 2020

(updated 6/2)

Remote Services

Library staff continue to provide services to the Reed community. All Reed faculty, students, and staff are welcome to take advantage of the library’s remote services.

Mail delivery now available

Students, faculty, and staff can request print books or equipment for delivery to a Reed campus mailbox or to another address. Get details on requesting books.

Note that the Summit lending service is still suspended until further notice. Contact your subject librarian for help identifying alternative sources.

Scan requests

The library can scan book chapters and email them to you as a PDF. Get details on requesting scans.

The library cannot scan whole books or multiple chapters due to copyright law.

Library Building and PARC Access

The Hauser Library building is closed until further notice.

Our other library locations are also closed to in-person visits until further notice: PARC (Performing Arts Resource Center), IMC (Instructional Media Center), VRC (Visual Resources Center), and Special Collections and Archives.

Staff from all locations are working remotely and are available to help.

Returning Books and Equipment

June 1st is the due date for all borrowed library materials, including Summit and physical InterLibrary Loan (ILL) materials. Get instructions and more details about returning books and equipment.

If you are returning in the fall and would like to bring back materials then, email to extend the due date.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Current students, faculty, and staff can continue to submit interlibrary loan requests for articles, which will be delivered to you as a PDF.

To make a request, log on to your ILL account with your Reed credentials, select “Article” under “New Request,” and enter your request information. You can also follow ILL request links from many of the library’s databases. If you are using ILL for the first time, you will be prompted to fill out your contact information. If you have any questions about the ILL service, please feel free to contact us at

We are unable to process requests for physical materials (including print books) at this time.

Fine Forgiveness

All library fines were waived from Saturday, March 14 through the end of spring semester. Replacement fees are still in effect. Questions about fines or fees? Write to

Thesis Desk & Locker Contents

If you were unable to retrieve your items from a thesis desk or locker, contact us at to discuss options.

More Reed Resources

Reed’s Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prevention & Response

COVID-19 Support Resources for Students

Remote Teaching & Learning from Computing and Information Services

Returning library materials and equipment

All borrowed library materials for Reed students are due June 1. Please drop off materials at the library (note the drop off location!) or mail them to the library. We expect June 1 to be a busy day. Please consider returning earlier to avoid crowding on the loading dock. Questions? Write to

Drop off at the library

For equipment returns, please email

Books, scores, CDs and DVDs can be dropped off at the loading dock behind the library Monday – Friday, between 10am and 3pm.

The loading dock is located on the south side of the library, near Greywood. Access the loading dock via stairs from the east (closest to ETC and the smoking shelter), or via a ramp from the west (closest to the Great Lawn).

Reed College campus map of library and surrounding buildings, with an arrow pointing to the loading dock on south side of the library. The arrow has a label of "loading dock".
image of the library loading dock, with overlayed arrows pointing to the loading dock, Greywood, the ETC, and toward the Great Lawn.

Return by mail

Books, scores, CDs and DVDs can go into envelopes and boxes without any special packaging. Please send them to:
Reed Library Circulation
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202

For equipment, please package with the appropriate packing material to ensure safe shipment. Read packing guidelines for equipment. Send those packages to:
Instructional Media Center
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, OR 97202

For students who would like Reed Library to pay the shipping, please fill out our mail label form. You will be emailed instructions for how to return the materials via FedEx.

Returning students

If you are a returning student who would prefer to keep your materials over the summer, email to extend the due date with the understanding that materials will need to be returned the first week of fall semester.


Seniors do not need to return all books before graduating but materials do need to come back by June 1.

Streaming video through Reed Library

Reed College Library provides access to streaming video databases with content varying by platform. Please note Kanopy and Swank require apps to play on mobile devices.

  • Academic Video Online A comprehensive streaming video database of 67,000+ titles with subject areas including social sciences, film, history, music, news, and more. Featuring content from Sony Classic Pictures, PBS, CBS news, CNN, BBC Landmark, and several documentaries.
  • Kanopy Streaming video platform with varying content as licenses are added for course reserves. Includes films from the Criterion collection, Kino Lorber, and several documentaries.
  • Swank Streaming video platform with varying content as licenses are added for course reserves. Includes a small collection of feature films.
  • Digital Theatre+ Theatre productions from the world’s leading arts organizations. They also provide educational resources such as interviews, essays, lectures, and study guides.
  • Drama Online Provides access to dramatic texts from a wide variety of playwrights, selected critical texts, audio recordings, and several Royal Shakespeare Company productions.
  • Medici tv A variety of musical productions including ballet, opera, concerts, and documentaries.
  • Met Opera on Demand Full-length performances from the Metropolitan Opera, including the Met’s Live in HD series of movie theater transmissions.
  • Streaming video of full-length performances from On the Boards, a Seattle-based center for contemporary performance.

Library Lobby Survey results: book lookup & candy preferences

Two Library Lobby survey questions to report this week:

Last week, we asked: “Where do you start when you look up a library book?” 100 responses indicated starting at the library homepage, while 27 started in the catalog. One wrote in “What’s the difference?”. There really isn’t much difference! One starts on the library homepage, while the other starts within our catalog system, but both get you to library books and resources.

This week, we wanted help planning for future candy restocks. We asked, “I’d answer this survey if I was offered…”.

  • Chocolates: 18
  • Gummy candies & fruit flavors: 99
  • Hard candies & mints: 111
  • Comments: 8

Notice that the total vote for ‘chocolates’ is suspiciously low? As someone wrote in, there was a pebble voting theft: “Someone took pebbles out of chocolate! It was 1/2 full an hour ago (7:30pm ish)!! Chocolate PLEASE”.

Was the theft a comment on the current state of electoral integrity in this country, or does someone really dislike chocolate candies enough to tamper with liblob voting procedures? We remain in a state of wonder.

Library Lobby Surveys happen (almost) every Tuesday. Stop by to cast your vote and get some candy! We love to hear feedback from you all.

Echoes of Harlem

There’s a time travel portal next to the reference desk.

1920s and 1930s Harlem NYC was a time when African American arts and culture flourished. Jazz music from Billie Holiday and Louis Armstrong could be heard floating from Harlem nightclubs. Painters such as Jacob Lawrence and Archibald Motley chronicled the daily lives of African Americans.

It was also a politically and racially charged time in US history. If you walked down 5th Avenue you might see a black flag hanging from the NAACP office that proclaimed “A MAN WAS LYNCHED YESTERDAY” in bold white lettering.

Whether you’re interested in Harlem Renaissance aesthetic, culture, or politics, our book display has something for you. Come discover a good read and learn about the Echoes of Harlem that still reverberate throughout NYC and the USA today.

All items available for checkout!

Library Lobby Survey results: “You can borrow laptops & ipads from the library”

We had laptops and ipads on our minds this week, and wondered about you all borrowing them.

  • Total responses: 188 stones, 30 written responses
  • “What!? I didn’t know”: 57 responses
  • “I know! I borrow those”: 43 responses
  • “I know, but I don’t borrow those [tell us why not]”:88 responses, 30 write in responses

Of the 30 write in responses to “I know [about borrowing laptops/ipads], but I don’t borrow those”

  • 17 you had your own
  • 5 related to check-out/rental periods and processes
  • 5 you didn’t need them or need filled elsewhere or with other tools
  • 1 related to programs on the laptop
  • 1 request for a microwave
  • 1 “thank you!” (you’re welcome!)

Laptops and ipads are available for checkout for 24 hour periods from the IMC and from PARC. Give the circulation assistant your Reed id card, and they’ll check it out for you!

Library Lobby Surveys happen (almost) every Tuesday. Stop by to cast your vote and get some candy! We love to hear feedback from you all.

ProQuest scheduled maintenance this weekend

Some library resources will be unavailable during ProQuest scheduled maintenance this Saturday, February 8th, from 7pm-1am. Affected resources include:

  • All databases on the ProQuest platform ( and Chadwyck-Healey databases including:
    • Proquest Central
    • Academic Video Online
    • Ebook Central
    • EEBO: Early English Books Online
    • Index Islamicus
    • LION : Literature Online
    • ProQuest Congressional
    • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
    • ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Having trouble accessing library resources? Find ways to get help from library staff.