A snapshot of PSU Library from July 2011 - June 2012:
Faculty & Staff:
- 32 Librarians and professional staff (FTE)
- 41 Classified Staff (FTE)
- 16 student workers (FTE)
- Welcomed more than 957,249 students, faculty, staff and community members into the Library
- Answered over 12,400 in-person reference questions and 4,720 online reference questions
- Provided instruction presentations to 11,862 students
- Circulated 190,290 books and materials
- Loaned 31,458 items through Orbis Cascade Alliance Summit libraries
- Borrowed 26,934 items through Orbis Cascade Alliance Summit libraries
- Received 13,006 books and journal articles from non-Alliance libraries through Interlibrary Loan
- Provided 6,929 Interlibrary Loans to non-Alliance libraries
- Added (through purchases and gifts) 1,195 items to Special Collection
- 1,428,746 volumes
- 1,183 print journal subscriptions
- 20,148 accessible electronic journals
- 22,912 accessible electronic books
- 367 electronic databases
- 2,592,288 microforms
- 68,493 maps
- 406,893 government documents
- 71,532 audio-visual materials (photos, motion pictures, DVD, CDs, videotapes, phonodiscs, cassette tapes)
- 2,600 items in PDXScholar, the institutional repository
- 1,379,236 visits to the Library website
- 1,674,163 logins to databases and 4,696,762 searches in databases
- 1,550,687 full-text article retrievals
- 454,578 catalog searches
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, ADA-accessible computers, scanners, and both black & white and color printing.
Learning Ground Sandbox: The Sandbox includes both workspaces 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, ADA-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.