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.

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

Library Lobby Survey results: How do you refer to these rooms?

We wanted to know what you called a couple of the rooms in the library, and the results are fascinating!

For the Periodical Reading Room (pictured on the bowl on the left), we got 62 total responses, including:
8    “Old pit”
7    “reading room” (includes 1 “reading room (?)”)
3    “New pit”
2    “The pit”
2    “Periodical room”
1    “Old reading room”
1    “reading pit”
1    “reading room or sometimes I just describe its location & description”
1    “periodicals”
1    “periodicals reading room”
1    “reading room/science periodicals room”
1    “the lib lounge w/o computers”
1    “the lib”
1    “that middle section of the library with the art”
1    “the middle room”
1    “center space”
1    “middle place”
1    “central library area”
1    “center reading room”
1    “nucleus”
1    “atrium”
1    “room w/ the big windows”
1    “sun room (lots of sunlight!)”
1    “the big room with the tables and skylights. new pit? old pit?”
1    “big room with the skylights”
1    “main room w/ all the sculptures”
1    “room w/ the cases”
1    “the room b4 the reading room”
1    “main room ‘big one on the left as you walk in'”
1    “the first room when you walk in”
1    “room by the entrance”
1    “glass room”
1    “chair room with high ceilings”
1    “the chairs”
1    “room with the chairs”
1    “reading lounge”
1    “open room with couches”
1    “first floor sofas”
1    “open room”
1    “where old meets new”
1    “reading corners!”
1    “scary reading room”
1    “no name for it”
1    “no set phrase”
1    “honestly have never referred to that area–never go there”

For the Reading Room (pictured on the bowl on the right), we got 67 total responses, including:
13    “New pit” (includes 3 “nüpit”)
9    “Reading Room”
8    “Computer room”
6    “Pit” or “The pit”
1    “Computer pit”
1    “Computer station”
1    “The computer area/no name”
1    “The reading room/The computers”
1    “The lib lounge w/ computers”
1    “That big open room with all the computers”
1    “Place w/ all the computers”
1    “Room w/ computers”
1    “The big computer lab”
1    “The room with the computers”
1    “Not-old computer spot”
1    “computer boi; illuminated faces woodstock”
1    “New pit or ‘the room w/ the computers on the first floor'”
1    “fancy mac room”
1    “computer area in New Library by the stairs”
1    “room with the computers that’s not North Ref. old pit? new pit?”
1    “new pit or computers”
1    “new pit or computer lab”
1    “‘the computer area in the library‘ or ‘where all the computers are'”
1    “the pit/the atrium”
1    “new pit/reading room”
1    “‘open air computer lab’ ‘the one named for Bill Gates but has Macs'”
1    “Gates reading room”
1    “fancy new spot”
1    “the way back”
1    “big room”
1    “loblob”
1    “lobbyish”
1    “heavy study place”
1    “always full”
1    “I never go in here”

And one additional response for both: “I don’t have a name for them!”

Accessibility in the library: take our survey!

With an interest in better serving the needs of the entire Reed Community, the Library is seeking student perspectives and experiences with library spaces and resources regarding accessibility. Your feedback from this survey will help us identify areas requiring fine tuning, possible change, or potential new directions that increase the accessibility and usefulness of all library spaces.

Even if you don’t use the library, we would love to know your thoughts!

The survey will close March 22, 2019.

Paper copies of the survey may be obtained from the circulation desk in the library. For assistance in completing this survey, please write to

The survey is voluntary and anonymous, with all identifying information removed.

Survey approved by Reed College IRB as ‘exempt’, 2/27/2019.

Reed College Canyon: new digital collection now available!

We are excited to announce a new RDC resource: the Reed College Canyon collection!

The images in this collection were largely created by Canyon Restoration Manager Zac Perry to document the Canyon from about 1999 to the present. The Reed Canyon was declared a wildlife refuge by the state of Oregon in 1913, and restoration efforts began in 1999. “Restoration goals include improving diversity of wildlife, managing invasive plant species, restoring native plant communities, and increase potential habitat for salmon and other resident fish.” (

Also included in this collection are photographs of Canyon Day, images created by Canyon student employees and visitors, as well as pre-1999 photographs from the Reed College Archives.

This collection is open to current Reed students, faculty, and staff.

Questions? Contact Laura Buchholz or Zac Perry.

Portland Muslim History Project archives collection now available in RDC!

We’re excited to announce our most recent addition to Reed Digital Collections: selections from the Portland Muslim History Project archive, recently donated to Special Collections and Archives by Reed College professor Dr. Kambiz GhaneaBassiri.

View the Portland Muslim History Project archive in Reed Digital Collections

The 2004 Portland Muslim History Project narrated the history of Muslim built communities in Portland, Oregon. Its aim was to contribute to scholarship on Islam and American religions by exploring how Islam becomes rooted in a local American context.

Archiving the records of this project, as well as the digital collection, is a part of a larger effort led by Dr. GhaneaBassiri, local historian Johanna Ogden, and Multnomah County archivist Terry Baxter to archive the history of Muslims in Oregon. The Oregon Historical Society, Portland State University, and Oregon State University have all played roles in this larger project.

A finding aid for the entire archive donated to Special Collections and Archives will be available in the near future. The digital collection is open to the public.

The Portland Muslim History Project digital collection is the product of a collaboration between Dr. GhaneaBassiri and Special Collections and Archives. Reed College religion majors Tehniyat Naveed and Delainey Myers were indispensable in making this project a reality.

Questions about this collection, or about Reed Digital Collections? Please write to

Quest newspaper digital collection now available

We’re excited to announce our most recent addition to Reed Digital Collections: digitized issues of The Quest newspaper, beginning with the first issue in 1913. The collection is open to current Reed students, faculty, and staff.

Check out a sampler of Quest mastheads below to get you started!


Thomas Lamb Eliot Papers: new digital collection!

We are pleased to announce a new RDC collection: the Thomas Lamb Eliot Papers!

T.L. Eliot (1841-1936) was an influential Unitarian minister in Portland, worked in education and jail reform, founded the Art Association and the Humane Society, helped develop the public library, worked for temperance and women’s suffrage, and played a large part in the formation and final founding of Reed College in 1911, serving as a Trustee and major advisor until his retirement in 1925. Eliot Hall was named for T.L. Eliot in 1935.

The digital collection contains scanned versions of correspondence and other documents. View a love letter sent to Eliot by his wife, Henrietta, documents issued by the Missouri Militia relating to civil war era service, and note from Eliot’s life insurance company granting him permission to travel to Oregon.

Please note, this release is only the beginning! We have finished scanning the first four boxes out of a total of 119. We will continue to add newly digitized content to this collection in small batches.

All items in this collection were digitized from the holdings of Reed College Special Collections & Archives. We welcome visitors! View the Special Collections & Archives website for hours, contact, and location information.