Thesis formatting & submission

Looking for information about thesis formatting? Wondering when to submit your final thesis to the library? Learn about all things thesis in the Thesis Help 2022-2023 Guide.

You will submit your thesis for review twice; first to the Registrar (when you get your laurels) and then to the library after your Oral exam after making all corrections.

Your thesis must meet formatting requirements before it will be accepted by the library at the end of the thesis process. We recommend that you make sure your thesis is formatted correctly before you submit it to the Registrar before Orals exams. The library will reach out to students starting the week of May 1st with information about your submitted thesis and any formatting issues. If you have questions about formatting, citations, etc. you can also reserve an appointment with a librarian to chat about your thesis via the requesting help form.

If you’re not sure how to use the thesis template and want help with formatting,  make an appointment with the Reed IT help desk. 

Database Trial: South Asia Archive

In February and March, the library is trialing a new databases subscription to the South Asia Archive. Derived from original archive materials held by the South Asia Research Foundation, the collection includes journals, books, legislative acts, colonial and post-colonial reports, and film booklets. Note: you will not be able to save documents as PDFs during the trial.

If you have feedback on the database, please let us know.

Library holdshelf is in the lobby

The library holdshelf is now in the lobby to facilitate no-contact pickup. When materials are requested for pickup location “Reed Library” they will be checked out to you, put in envelopes, and placed in the cubbies by the east lobby doors. You will receive and email with this information 1 hour before the items are available.

For students and faculty outside the Portland metro area use the “Ship to – provide address in comment”. Please enter a full address in the comment box and we will ship you those materials via USPS media mail within 24 hours. For international deliveries email

IMC and PARC pickup locations are open Monday-Thursday, 10a-4p.

Library News for Fall 2020

(updated 8/6)

Due to constraints imposed by COVID-19, the library is making several changes to fall hours, access, and services. Our goal is to make the library as safe as possible for the Reed community as well as library staff while supporting our students both on campus and off.

Please contact Dena Hutto, College Librarian, with questions or concerns about these plans.

Fall hours for Hauser Library and the library circulation desk

  • Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 10 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 6 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM
  • Sunday: 10 AM – 10 PM

Access and study space

Hauser Library will be open for Reed students, faculty and staff. Keycard access to the lobby is available now for faculty and staff and will be activated for students by mid-August.

The library will be open for individual study no later than the first day of classes. Total occupancy will be limited to about 300, pending determination of the number of seats available for study. Face masks are required at all times. Seating has been reduced to enable social distancing of 6 feet. Group study rooms will be closed. Library stacks will be open for browsing. Windows should be left open in areas where people are present in order to maximize air flow.

Disinfectant and hand sanitizer are available throughout the library’s public areas and students are encouraged to clean personal study space before and after use.

Since the virus may persist on books and other library surfaces, please practice good hand hygiene (wash hands with soap for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer, keep hands away from face) while handling library materials.

Public computers have been removed except for a limited number of kiosks for access to the library catalog and reference assistance. Copiers, scanners, and printers are available.

Due to reduced seating in the library, thesis desks will not be assigned for fall semester.

Library reference and instruction

Library reference, instruction, and outreach will be offered virtually. Librarians will work with faculty to embed support into points along the path throughout the semester, including traditional Zoom instruction sessions, integration into Moodle courses, and group Q & A drop-in sessions for students. Please contact a librarian for more information.

Library course reserves

Electronic course reserves are available through course Moodle sites.

Due to concerns about virus transmission, print reserve books will be available for a longer loan period and will be quarantined for 72 hours between checkouts. Students should acquire their own texts for fall classes if possible. The Reed Bookstore offers interest-free student charge accounts to help with textbook ordering, with flexible payment plans available. Financial assistance may also be available; please contact the Financial Aid Office for details.

Additionally, the library purchases ebook versions of print reserves texts whenever available.


Summit borrowing resumed on August 3. At this time, 16 of the 37 member libraries are participating in Summit. Requested materials may be picked up in the library lobby.

Interlibrary loan

Interlibrary loan for articles with electronic delivery continues to be available. Interlibrary loan for books resumed on August 3. Requested materials may be picked up in the library lobby.

Reed Special Collections and Archives

Starting September 4, hours will be:
Monday – Friday 1 PM – 4 PM by appointment only.
A maximum of 4 patrons can be accommodated at a time. Special collections materials will be quarantined for 72 hours after usage.

Instructional Media Center

Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 4 PM
The computer labs are closed. You can request AV equipment here.

Performing Arts Resource Center

Monday – Thursday 10 AM – 4 PM for request pick up.
Request equipment and library materials in advance. The AV Editing Workroom (Room 327) is available by advance reservation only. PARC stacks, study rooms, and spaces are closed. Study space is available in the Performing Arts Building atrium. More information at

Visual Resource Center

Staff are working remotely. For assistance, please email

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

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!

Fall 2019 Thesis Submission Info

After orals, but before printing and binding, a final copy of your thesis must be approved by the library to ensure legibility. Librarians will be available in L17 during the following times to check and accept bound theses:

  • Wednesday, December 18 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Thursday, December 19 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Friday, December 20 | 8:30am – 12:00pm

If you cannot make the above hours, email Sarah Bavier to set up an appointment.

Information on the library submission process is available on the Thesis Library Guide.

Día de los muertos at Reed Library

Día de los muertos is a popular Mexican holiday that dates back 3000 years to the Aztec Empire. Those who celebrate Día de los muertos believe that on midnight October 31st and November 1st the souls of their departed loved ones descend to visit their families.

Monday, October 28th
Is there a dead poet or author you admire?
Come share your ideas for our ofrenda.
Library Lobby 1-2 PM

Tuesday, October 29th
Papel Picado Party
Help us cut our brightly colored tissue paper designs and make cempazuchitl flowers.
Library Room L17 1-2 PM

Friday, November 1st
It is believed the dead enjoy the tastes and smells of food. Join us for pan de muerto and chocolate as we celebrate Día de los Muertos.
Library Lobby 1-3 PM

All events are free and open to students, faculty, and staff. For more information contact Lily De La Fuente, Humanities Librarian, at

Ofrenda = an offering
Calavera = representation of a skull
Papel picado = perforated paper
Pan de muerto = sweet bread traditionally baked for Día de los muertos
Cempazuchitl flowers = marigolds

Workshops on Research Methods

Quantitative Methods WorkshopThe Library subscribes to Sage Research Methods Online, a database with over 1,000 videos, books, handbooks, and journal articles focusing on research design and methods in the social sciences. This Thursday, September 6th, a trainer from Sage will lead workshops in Library L17 on using the tool. Snacks will be provided!

1:30-2:30 pm: Quantitative Methods Workshop 

3:30-4:30pm: Ethnographic Methods WorkshopEthnographic Methods Workshop

Reference Assistant Spotlight: Chad

Chad with his favorite reference book, possibly looking up The Music Man.

Name: Chad
Year: Senior
Major: History

Favorite Library Resource: I’m not sure if it counts but I’m a big fan of the e-reserves. I do a lot of my readings on my laptop and I like being able to access texts for class at home or anywhere on campus.

Favorite Place to Work in the Library: Definitely my thesis desk. I have a great view of the Lawn and its nice to have a spot in the library where I can keep my books and other materials that I need for classes.

Reason you wanted to be a reference assistant: I’ll admit I’ve never been one to spend much time in the library. However, the position of reference assistant allows me to give back to the greater Reed community. Also, working as a reference assistant has helped me learn more about the different databases, guides, and collections that the library has to offer.

Hardest thing about research: Probably narrowing down the scope of my research. I like to tackle big picture questions in my work and focusing my research towards on one idea or question has always been difficult for me.

Favorite thing about Reed: I would say my favorite thing about Reed is the friends I’ve made during my time here. I’ve established a strong network of friends over my four years at Reed who are always willing to lend a helping hand when needed…but are also always down for a rowdy game of rage cage. (Editor’s note: I have no idea what rage cage is!)

Cool thing you did during break: I started teaching myself the basics of music theory in order to help me produce songs on Ableton and Logic Pro.