Call for participation! Library focus groups on thesis desks

The majority of existing library thesis desks are in parts of the library that will be inaccessible during the 2020-2021 library seismic renovation. Come help us determine how to handle this! The Library User Experience Group will hold focus groups to get your feedback on potential solutions. Students from all years are welcome! Food will be provided.

All focus groups will be held in Library room 17

Wednesday October 9th 5pm-6pm

Thursday October 10th 9am-10am

Friday October 11th 12pm-12:50pm

Drop-ins are welcome, but you’re encouraged to RSVP so we have enough food. Need accommodations? Please contact Robin Ford at or 503-777-7272.

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.

Thesis Desk Lottery

Random numbers for the Senior thesis desk lottery will be drawn from the official 470 list.  If you are a senior, but are not yet registered for 470, and want to be included in the drawing, please come to the circulation desk and have your name added to the lottery list by Monday, September 16.  Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Studio Art, and Psychology majors are not eligible for thesis desks in the Library. 

The list of numbers will be posted Tuesday, September 17 along with a map of thesis desk locations, so that you can have preferences in mind before the actual selection.

The choosing of desks will begin at noon on Wednesday, September 18 in the library lobby.  You or your proxy must be present when your name is called.  Lottery numbers are not transferable.

NOTE:  Some desks, as indicated on the map, will be shared.  In order to help create the most pleasant sharing arrangement possible, the person with the better number may bring in as a partner another senior on the list who has a lower number.  Please make those arrangements before the noon time selection and let us know that is your plan when your name is called.

Any questions contact Brian Kelley

Search everything! (in Reed Digital Collections)

We’re excited to share a new feature in Reed Digital Collections: the ability to search across collections! Want to see all items relating to the traditional game of tug of war between Reed first years and sophomores? You’ll now be able to easily search both the digitized photos from archives and the Quest newspaper collection! Or maybe you need images of a frog for an art project? You can now find them in the Art & Architecture collection, the Canyon Collection, and more, all in one search.

Be sure to sign in for full results, and happy searching! Let us know what you think at

Add your thesis to the electronic archive


Help build the digital thesis tower! As an alum you’ll be able to access your theses online anytime, anywhere. But you have to upload it first!

  • As soon as you’ve completed your first thesis check and are ready for printing, you can upload your thesis to the archive.
  • Save final version of your thesis as a PDF.
  • Visit the electronic theses website and click on the submission button to start the process.

Participation is voluntary and you have control over who can access your thesis. Consult with your advisor about your interest in submitting to the electronic archive, especially if your thesis contains ongoing research.

Please direct any questions

Photo Credit:A Reed College Library grotesque in laurels. Photo courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, design by Jason Parker.

Mueller Report Now Available

A redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was released online to the public April 18th. There are now two print copies available in the Library: one is on the New Book Shelf in the Periodical Reading Room and the other is shelved in the Government Documents Room.

Logo for the Federal Depository Library ProgramReed College Library received the report through the Federal Depository Library Program. Reed has been participating in the program since 1912.