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 Reed books, CDs, DVDs, and scores for delivery to a Reed campus mailbox or shipping address. Get details on requesting materials.

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

Drop off at the library

For equipment, please email or call (503)777-7702 to schedule a return.

Books, scores, CDs and DVDs can be dropped off at the loading dock behind the library Monday – Thursday, between 10am and 3pm. Friday 10a-noon through August 14.

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. Please contact Jim Holmes for any lost library materials.

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.