A snapshot of PSU Library from July 2013 – June 2014:
Faculty & Staff
- 33 Librarians and professional staff (FTE)
- 27 Classified Staff (FTE)
- 16 student workers (FTE)
- Received 1,166,906 visitors to the Library
- Circulated 171,928 books and materials
- Borrowed 35,568 items through Orbis Cascade Alliance Summit libraries
- Provided 23,094 items through Orbis Cascade Alliance Summit libraries
- Received 12,181 books and journal articles from non-Alliance libraries through Interlibrary Loan
- Provided 5,511 Interlibrary Loans to non-Alliance libraries
- Answered over 7,715 in-person reference questions and 5,415 online reference questions, and 906 by telephone
- Provided instruction to 10,679 students
- Online access:
- 932, 737 full-text article downloads
- 16,656,643 regular database searches
- 322,718 federated database searches
- 1,430,929 volumes
- 2,592,288 microforms
- 134,715 audio-visual materials (maps, photos, motion pictures, DVD, CDs, videotapes, phonodiscs, cassette tapes)
- 406,893 government documents
- 6,685 items in PDXScholar, the institutional repository
- 342,344 cumulative downloads from PDXScholar as of January 2015
- 23,410 items in Special Collections
The Branford Price Millar Library was first built in 1966 and originally consisted of a rectangular structure oriented roughly north and south along the east side of 10th Avenue. The striking architecture of the eastern portion, a convex wall of glass, was added in 1989 and reflects the environmental awareness of this Pacific Northwest University. The eastern addition was designed to surround, rather than replace, an ancient copper beech tree. The Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea) tree in front of the Library was designated a Portland Heritage Tree by the Portland City Council in 1995. It was planted in about 1890.
Learning Ground Computer Lab
The computer lab in the Learning Ground offers both Mac and Windows computers, wheelchair accessible computers, scanners, and both black & white and color printing.
Learning Ground Sandbox
The Sandbox includes both work spaces and technologies that students can use to collaborate with one another. Technologies include touch-screen computers and wall-embedded displays with attached computers offering a range of software to support student work.
Learning Resource Center
The Learning Resource Center, on the Library’s 2nd floor, provides access to both Mac and Windows computers, wheelchair accessible computers, scanners, and black & white printing. It also hosts the Media:Scape station, a collaborative technology enabling students to share a monitor while using their own laptops (or those checked out from the Library). Also located on the 2nd floor, the Learning Center, also known as the Tutoring Center, provides the following support services to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate PSU students: Drop-in peer tutoring, Academic Coaching, Software and Test Preparation Workshops, and Resources, such as textbooks and dictionaries.
Practice Presentation Rooms
The Library’s practice presentation rooms offer students the opportunity to collaboratively prepare and rehearse for class presentations.
Group Viewing Room
The Group Viewing Room includes 8 seats, a DVD/VCR-player, and a large-screen display, offering students a space to collaboratively view films for their class.
Group Study Rooms
The Library has about thirty group study rooms that range from 3-person to 15-person in capacity. Many of them include different technologies to facilitate group collaboration.