Zotero and Mendeley Workshop on October 30th

Manage your research and citations with free citation management software. Zotero and Mendeley both allow you to download citations and articles from various websites and databases, electronically store and organize the citations, annotate and highlight articles, and format the citations for your paper and bibliography. This workshop covers the advantages and disadvantages of Zotero and Mendeley, helping you decide which one is right for you. This workshop is led by librarian Michael Bowman on Wednesday, October 30th from 4:00 – 5:30pm in room 160.  

Library Moving to Card-Only Access on October 21st at 8pm

Begninning Monday, October 21st, the library will be closed to the public after 8pm Sunday – Thursday.  During the hours from 8pm-midnight, PSU ID is required for entry, bringing the library in alignment with all other buildings on campus, which also close at 8pm.  Current students, staff, and faculty can access the building after 8pm through the south ADA entrance with their PSU ID card.

Members of the public are welcome during the following hours:

Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 8pm

Friday 7:30am – 7pm

Saturday 10am – 7pm

Sunday 10am – 8pm

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Illustrated by Salvador Dalí on Display in First Floor Elevator Lobby

It’s been 50 years since Random House offered this special edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Salvador Dalí, to members of its Book of the Month Club. This fall we are displaying Dalí’s work in the Library’s first floor exhibit space in the elevator lobby…and we’ll be going down the rabbit hole by showing a new chapter and illustration on display each week. Have a look into Alice’s surreal world as interpreted by the famous creator of dreamscapes (Alice herself appears as Dalí’s “Girl Skipping Rope”) on your visit to the Library! As a reminder, PSU Library Special Collections is open to the public for research. Email specialcollections@pdx.edu to make an appointment!

Audio/Visual Equipment in the Library

The library now offers a wide variety of audio/visual equipment for students and faculty to check out from the Circulation Desk on the first floor. This equipment was formerly located in the OIT office in the basement of Smith and came over to the library at the end of summer term. We have cameras, camcorders, tripods, cables,microphones, and much more.  For students, equipment checks out for three days and cannot be renewed. Faculty who are using equipment for classroom use can negotiate a longer loan period. Contact Circulation for more information: circ@pdx.edu.

New and Improved Website: PDXScholar

PDXScholar includes nearly 25,000 items by PSU authors —
free textbooks, articles, dissertations, and unique content.  

Check out the new website:
PDXScholar, The Institutional Repository for Portland State University

Summary of improvements:

PSU authors are welcome to submit their work:


PDXScholar is part of the Digital Commons network, a collection of over 3 million works from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide:

Digital Commons Network
Open Access. Powered by Scholars. Published by Universities.

Kanopy now requires account creation to view films on some devices

The library licenses some of our film content directly with the streaming platform Kanopy. PSU users must sign in using their ODIN account in order to access the films that we license from this vendor. Recently, Kanopy has updated their platform to suggest and in some cases require that users create a Kanopy account. Please be advised that you can SKIP this option if you are viewing films on a desktop or laptop device. You are not required to create an account with Kanopy and give them your personal information. Look for the SKIP button at the bottom of the “Create your account” form. 

Should you choose to view Kanopy films on a tablet or mobile device, however, you are now required to download the Kanopy app, and create an account on their platform. If you have any questions, please contact the library, or our Acquisitions Librarian directly, Elsa Loftis, at eloftis@pdx.edu

New Open Textbook

Portland State University (PSU) Library is pleased to announce the publication of our newest open textbook, Daily Departures: Speed Reading Passages for English Language Learners, by Regina Weaver.

Daily Departures: Speed Reading Passages for English Language Learners is a collection of twenty 200-225 word reading passages written primarily within the 1,000-word level of the New General Service List and designed to provide fluency support for English language learners at the Waystage level of the Common European Framework Reference.

This is the 21st open textbook published through the PDXOpen Publishing Initiative Grant Program.  The open textbooks have saved 2,890 PSU students over $272,000 and have been downloaded over 152,000 times in countries all over the world. 

Portland State University is a founding member of the Open Textbook Network Publishing Cooperative. This is the second Co-op publication to be released. The Co-op is a community of people working together to grow open textbook publishing expertise in higher education, and increase the availability of free, open textbooks for use by instructors and students across the world. For more information: https://z.umn.edu/about-co-op.

Safety and Security in the Library

The PSU Library invites you to share your thoughts about safety and security in the Library. We’ve placed posters on the wall between the coffee shop and the computer lab on the 1st floor to solicit feedback on this important topic.  The posters will be up for a week, so stop by and write down your thoughts on a post-it note. We are asking five questions: 
1. How do we as a community make public spaces safe for everyone?
2. Tell us how you feel about how safety and security issues are handled within the Library. What works and what needs improvement?
3. How do you use the library building?
4. How have safety or security concerns affected your use of the Library?
5. What are your top three safety or security concerns when you are in the Library? 
If you would rather answer the questions online, feel free to give us your thoughts here

Free Food and Free Knowledge

Join ASPSU for an interactive display about textbook costs and simple ways that you can help get Open Educational Resources on campus. Open Education Resources are free and reduced cost textbooks, which can help you financially. At the end of the tour of “The Museum of Irrelevant Textbooks” feel free to write a letter to our state representatives in support of HB2214, which sets aside funding for Oregon’s Open Education Resources Program.  You can also enjoy a slice of Hot Lips pizza or some Tito’s Tacos.

ML170 in the Library

Monday, May 20th

10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Listening Sessions: Security in the Library

Connect with the PSU Library community and share your thoughts about safety and security in the Library!
We want to hear what you think about safety and security in the Library. Join us for a listening session and help inform future library security policies. We’ll discuss your top security concerns and how they affect your use of the Library, what we can do to create to a safe community space, and more! You talk, we listen. Light refreshments will be provided. 
Monday, April 29th: 12 – 1pm (this is a drop in session – all others are for the full hour)
Tuesday, April 30th: 10:30 – 11:30am
Wednesday, May 1st: 4 – 5pm
Thursday, May 2nd: 10 – 11am and 7 – 8pm 
All sessions will be held in Room 170.