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Support Research Collections

The Portland State Library has placed the highest priority on building research collections that support the mission of the University and the growing needs of the academic units.  Research collections are critical to the learning experience of our students and the scholarly research of our faculty.  Access to first-rate research materials allows the university to attract top-level faculty and support student learning.

The continuing decline in state support for the Library and the university, coupled with the soaring prices of journals and books, means that the Library's ability to purchase the essential resources demanded by users becomes more difficult every year.  We turn to our alumni and friends for support!

Ways to Support Collections

Endowed Gifts

Gifts of $25,000 or more to establish a collection fund will allow us to acquire, preserve, and make accessible library materials in any subject area of interest to the donor. Endowments may be established with a single gift or with a pledge that will build a fund over several years. Special bookplates designed in consultation with the donor will be affixed to each item added to Library collections through the donor's generosity.

An endowed collection fund creates a legacy that will forever support the growing needs of the Library and University. 

Subject Areas






Electronic Resources

Life Sciences

Center for Japanese Studies

Middle East Studies Center

Oregon Authors


Physical Sciences


Russian Flagship Program


School of the Environment

Speech and Hearing 

School of Social Work 

Urban and Public Affairs

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