Building Humanities Collections for the Community

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Lewis & Clark $331K in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds for Building Humanities Collections for the Community. Under the leadership of Project Director and Head of Watzek Library Special Collections and College Archivist Dr. Hannah Crummé, this project will rebuild the Special Collections program of Watzek Library and help reinvigorate related curriculum post pandemic shutdown.

Indigenous Peoples’ Heritage Month

In recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Heritage Month, a selection of titles by and about Indigenous peoples are on display in the Watzek Library Atrium.  All titles are available to check out.

Toad Digital Exhibit

Katherine Dunn died in 2016, leaving behind the unpublished manuscript of her novel, Toad, in the Special Collections of Lewis & Clark College.  The digital exhibit The Goldfish Won’t Complain explores Naomi Huffman’s editorial process as she worked to bring Dunn’s novel to life and to print.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Find a selection of borrowable books and a community created banner just inside the gates of the library from the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness and Watzek Library.

Reserve a Study Room!

Need to focus?  Watzek Library has 10 study rooms that are available for reservation up to two weeks in advance.  A widescreen display monitor with connection for laptops is now available in Room 302.
   Concrete cast of an owl carving     Lelooska (1933-1996), Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwakiutl Northwest Coast)

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Watzek Library recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day on Monday, October 10. This holiday celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.

To learn more, browse a virtual display of selected library materials by and about Indigenous peoples, or explore a recently acquired primary source database, Indigenous Peoples of North America.  

Watzek Spins for Fall: Nigerian Disco and Boogie

Happy Fall 2022! This semester, Watzek Spins highlights the phenomenal disco and boogie scene that took Lagos by storm throughout the late 1970s and 1980s. Pictured is Joe Moks (a.k.a. Josephine Mokwunyei), from the front cover of her landmark 1979 album Boys and Girls. She is now a professor of musicology at the University of Benin, in Nigeria. Digitized and curated by Center for Cassette Studies from analog sources. 

New Kanopy Streaming Package

Check out Watzek’s new subscription to Kanopy BASE, a new academic package that provides streamable access to approximately 10,000 films across a wide variety of subject areas.  Watzek recommends The Exiles, Killer of Sheep, I Am Not Your Negro, and Shanghai Triad.

Overnight access to Watzek

Beginning September 6th, a Lewis & Clark ID card will be required for entry between 10 PM - 7 AM.  The library’s ID card reader does not support the magnetic stripe on student ID cards issued prior to Fall 2022. If you have an older ID card, please visit Campus Safety to request a free replacement that supports contactless reading.

Summer Soul Watzek Spins

In celebration of Summer, enjoy an all-vinyl mix of the Center for Cassette Studies’ go-to soul and R&B records by African-American artists.
Juneteenth display at Watzek Library.

Books for Juneteenth

Check out a selection of titles in recognition of Juneteenth available from Watzek Library.
Longing for Home -Bonnie Garlington.

Traveling art show at Watzek in June

Visit the main floor of Watzek to see the art show responding to this year’s Lake Oswego Reads selection, C. Pam Zhang’s How Much of These Hills Is Gold.
Kopp Award

Library Research Award

Are you writing a research paper this term? You may be eligible to apply for the James J. Kopp Library Research Award! Students in classes with a Bibliographic Research in Writing designation are invited to apply for the award between April 28 and May 8.

Data Viz contest

Tell us your DataStories

We invite submissions to our annual data visualization contest! Send us your figures, graphs, charts, maps, etc…. together with an abstract written for a public audience.
Full details can be found here:
First prize $150; Honorable mention $50
Deadline for entry is May 5th, but submit earlier to receive feedback and improve your odds.
Submissions (and/or questions!) can be made to

Seniors, Watzek is interested in your reading recommendations!

If you are graduating, Watzek Library invites you to tell us about the books that have mattered the most to you.
White text on teal background. Photographs of daisies and scattered petals decorate the top.

The Paper Chain Project

During April there is nationwide recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Demonstrate your commitment to supporting survivors and creating a safer campus by contributing to the Paper Chain Project in the Watzek Library atrium.  This initiative collects anonymous responses to prompts related to support for survivors and community safety.  These will be linked together to create a paper chain at the end of the month in a visual display for reflection, community building, and contemplation.  

Portrait of Kim Stafford

Former Poet Laureate Shares Treasure Trove of Poems, Early Writings

Fans of former Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford can get a never-before-seen look at early drafts of his poetry—and the folk art and Americana that informed them—at an exhibition devoted to the Kim Stafford Archive. The exhibition, located in Watzek Library, will be on view through the fall semester.

Laptops at Library Service Desk

Laptops are now available for 3 day checkout at the Library Service Desk. Computers have all lab software plus the Adobe Creative suite.
Gender Studies Exhibition

Gender Studies Exhibition

Explore the exhibition created by Watzek Library Special Collections practicum students for the Gender Studies Symposium, titled Development & Deconstruction: Gender Identity in Fantasy. The physical exhibition is on the 3rd floor of Watzek Library, and the online version is here.

Moss Appreciation Week

The Natural History Club invites you to join in celebrating the 4th Annual Moss Appreciation Week. 

On Wednesday, February 16 at 4:30 PM, join us in front of Watzek Library for a Lichen Walk with LC alumna Angelia Romano. 

At 6 PM, Laura Briscoe from the New York Botanical Garden shares Friends Underfoot: Bryophyte Bedtime Stories.Zoom: 948 3719 9546 Passcode: mossweek

Note: Xanthoria parietina or Maritime sunburst lichen collected and imaged by Alex Young ’15

Watzek Spins: Spring 2022 Mixtape

Vinyl rips of our favorite U.S./U.K. 70s-80s postpunk bands fronted by women. Digitized and compiled by Center for Cassette Studies. Watzek Library wishes you a swell semester.

Going to the Mountaintop: King & the Civil Rights Movement

The Office of Spiritual Life, Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement, and the Center for Social Change and Community Involvement are pleased to present a walking exhibit covering key moments in Civil Rights history, Going to the Mountaintop: King & the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit is on display in the Watzek Library atrium through the end of February.

L&C participates in Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads 2022

Join Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement, ONE L&C, and L&C Libraries in reading Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads 2022 selection by Mira Jacob, Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations.

On campus book discussions will be held in early March, including:

Thursday, March 3 at 12:00 in Akin Lounge (LC ID needed to access Residence Hall)
Thursday, March 3 at 3:30 in Watzek Classroom 245 (RSVP for headcount)

Library Research Award

Are you writing a research paper this term? If so, you may be eligible to apply for the James J. Kopp Library Research Award! Students doing research in classes with a Bibliographic Research in Writing (BRW) designation are invited to apply for the award between December 8 and December 19.

Indigenous People’s Heritage Month

In recognition of Indigenous People’s Heritage Month in November, Watzek is displaying a selection of titles by and about Indigenous peoples. A selection of titles may be found near the library service desk and are available to check out.  
Under the Yuzu Tree by Mei Bailey

Ray Warren Symposium Art Exhibition

The theme of “Joy and Justice” in this year’s Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies is represented by student art exhibited in Watzek Library through the end of November. The complete exhibition is available to view as a virtual gallery

Joy, Community, and Resilience in Vietnamese Portland

This exhibit explores joy and community as forms of resilience for Vietnamese Portlanders by showcasing photographs, writings, and quotes from a diverse range of Vietnamese voices.Curated by L&C students Ben Warner ’22 and Mei Bailey ’22, it is on display on the top floor of Watzek Library through the end of the fall semester and is available to view online.

Lake Oswego Reads Art Show

Visit the collaborative space in Watzek Library to view local artists’ responses to Isabel Wilkerson’s Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. The pieces were created and assembled for the traveling Lake Oswego Reads Art Exhibition. The exhibition will be in place through the end of the month.
Kim Stafford posing outside, wearing a brimmed hat, green vest, and long sleeved blue shirt.

Renowned Portland Poet Gifts Personal Archive to Watzek

Kim Stafford, founding director of Lewis & Clark’s Northwest Writing Institute and former Oregon poet laureate, has gifted his personal archive to Watzek Library Special Collections and Archives. It will be available to the public in 2022.

Hispanic Heritage Month Display

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, a selection of books brought to you by Inclusion & Multicultural Engagement (IME) and Watzek Library are on display in the library atrium.  All titles are available to check out.

Banned Books Week

Celebrate the Freedom to Read during Banned Books Week, September 26-October 2.  Watzek Library has a display of challenged titles located in the New Books alcove.  All titles are available for check out.

Watzek Spins!

Stream our mixtape for Fall 2021! Original vinyl rips of ’60s -’80s pop and psychedelic women singers from Asia, Europe, and Africa.  Link to the playlist:
Watzek photo booth

Watzek’s Choose Your Own Scavenger Hunt Photo Adventure

Watzek welcomes new and returning students to campus this fall! We invite you to take part in a Choose Your Own Scavenger Hunt Photo Adventure! Participating enters you in a drawing for a limited edition Watzek Library coffee tumbler.
LC Covid Archive

Contribute to the LC Covid Archive

Do you have any digital objects related to the pandemic year at Lewis & Clark? Please consider submitting ANY digital object that symbolizes something about your experience of the pandemic year to the forthcoming LC Covid Archive. Visit to make your digital contribution.
Wild Men and Moors, circa 1440

History Independent Study Exhibit

With the help of Watzek Library Special Collections, students Margarete Maneker, Lily Schaffer, Ashley O’Leary, and Olivia Weiss created an online exhibit for their History independent study project, “The Nuremberg Laws: Nazi Race Laws”.
Senior Projects Site

Watzek Library’s Senior Projects site

If you working on your thesis, you are invited to submit your work to the Watzek Library Senior Projects site.
Tee Corinne

Exhibitions Celebrate 40 Years of the Gender Studies Symposia

Two exhibitions in Watzek Library are celebrating the 40-year anniversary of the gender studies symposia. One, located online and on the top floor of the library, examines “Lack and Absence”. The other, found near the writing center and online, examines the history of the symposia.

5th Annual International Photo Exhibit

Please take a moment to swing by the Watzek Library Atrium to view the winning photos of the LC Overseas and Off-Campus Programs 5th Annual International Photo Contest!

Exhibition: Visionaire

Explore the publication, “Visionaire: Fashion, Capital & Art,” in the Aubrey R. Watzek Library atrium.

Portlanders Protest Planned Closure of Tubman Middle School, 1981

Digital Exhibit: Movement and Resistance in 20th Century Albina

Albina was the center of Black life in Portland through most of the twentieth century. City-led urban renewal efforts and systematic disinvestment by financial institutions have led to displacement of the neighborhood’s Black residents. Yet through all this runs a thread of resistance by Albina’s Black community.

This digital exhibit, created by Watzek’s Special Collections and Archives in support of the 17th Annual Ray Warren Symposium at Lewis & Clark, seeks to depict ninety years of Albina’s history with a special focus on acts of resistance by Albina’s Black residents.

Request Books, Music, and Movies

Beginning June 15th, Lewis & Clark students, faculty, and staff may request items from Watzek Library for pickup the following business day.

We are stronger together

Learn about library and community resources on equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Lewis & Clark College, Pioneer Log, October 10, 1974.

From the Archives: Angela Davis - A Call to Action

On the night of October 10th, 1974, political activist, Angela Davis spoke to a packed audience at the Portland State University auditorium. As reported for the Lewis & Clark College Pioneer Log newspaper by managing editor Rob Rowe ’77, in attendance was a mix of “Old grey radicals, middle-aged revoltationaries, and dissent college students.” Davis, a well known activist, author, and academic, has spoken and taught on the subjects of class, feminism, and the U.S. prison system and was actively engaged with lefitis causes including the Black Panther Party, the Communist Party, and Marxist Feminism.

The Ferrara Hours: Teaching Medieval Europe in Special Collections at Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark College has a strong record of teaching that relies upon the medieval and early modern works housed in Special Collections produced during this moment. This year, thanks to the Breslauer Foundation Grant and to Professor Karen Gross for collaboration on our application, we have acquired a Book of Hours produced in the Italian city of Ferrara in the late fifteenth century, a moment when several of the most severe outbreaks of plague ravished the city. 

From the archives: The Katherine Dunn Archives

Katherine Dunn (1945-2016), an award-winning author, poet, and journalist, is best known for her critically acclaimed novel Geek Love, first published in 1989. A National Book Award finalist, Geek Lovepropelled Dunn to cult-figure status and amassed a fan base for its unusual characters and imaginative story of the Binewski family carnival. Lewis & Clark College is home to the Katherine Dunn Literary Collection and Archive, which celebrates Dunn as writer, and her novel Geek Loveas a landmark text.


From the Archives: Ben Johnson, The Workes of Ben Jonson (1616)

The workes of Beniamin Ionsonappeared in the fall of 1616 in a large, imposing folio volume. Running nearly 575 leaves, Ben Jonson’s Workesis a testament to his skills, popularity, but most primarily his determination to have his writings published together in a single volume, demonstrating his flexibility and progression as an English writer. At Lewis & Clark we use our copy of the folio - one of only two held at a liberal arts - to teach lessons about print culture in the sixteenth century.


From the Archives: Vietnamese Portland

The Vietnamese community comprises 2% of the population of Portland, one of the largest among major U.S. cities. The experiences of this community in Portland offer an important corrective to the traditional picture of Oregon’s past. In an effort to create a more rounded history of Portland, Lewis & Clark students created podcasts using our growing archive, Vietnamese Portland: History, Memory, Community. From accounts of immigration to the experiences of later generations born in the US, they tell stories from our community.

Watzek Spins! Spring 2020 Mix

All international pop beats 1968-1988 for remote dancing and cramming, custom crafted for the Watzek Library crowd. Artists from Indonesia, Thailand, Nigeria, Malaysia, Bulgaria, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and more. 70+ minutes. Watzek wishes you well! Stay safe.
Image: Dr. Alan L. Hart, 1942; Lucille Hart, 1909

From the Archives: Dr. Alan Hart / Lucille Hart

Dr. Alan L. Hart’s life and career was devoted to medical science, including groundbreaking research in radiology and tuberculosis treatment. As a fiction novelist, Hart wrote five books on the subject of medical practice, opening the door of socialized medicine and medical research to the public. He traveled, taught, and spoke on the medical profession for over 40 years. Beyond his medical career, Hart was also a social pioneer as he underwent one of the first female-to-male gender transitions in the United States in 1917.

Hey! First Years!!!

You know that E&D research project you worked so hard on? You should submit it for this prestigious award that the library gives to the two best submissions! It’s easy to apply for the award, and you are already doing the work! The deadline to apply is Monday, May 11.

Poems for the Pandemic

Poetry inspired by the coronavirus crisis by Kim Stafford, Oregon’s poet laureate and director of Lewis & Clark’s Northwest Writing Institute, was recently featured in the Oregonian.

From the Archives: Duke of Grafton

Watzek Library’s Special Collections contain a number of stories that seem to parallel aspects of life during quarantine. A ship’s log, detailing in manuscript the exciting voyage of an English ship, the Duke of Grafton, seems to offer a perspective on isolation, exhaustion, and the threat of illness, while meanwhile offering a lens on contemporary politics and British colonialism.

Cpl. Morgan S. Odell (left) at Camp Crane, Pennsylvania, May 1918

From the archives: President’s papers shed light on 1918 influenza

Twenty-five years before he relocated to Portland, Oregon to become the first president (1942-1960) of the newly renamed Lewis & Clark College, Morgan S. Odell, a strict Methodists and pacifist, enlisted into the U.S. Army. Only 23 when he enlisted, he drove with the ambulance service in Italy through the end of the Great War. Stationed in Oné di Fonte thirty miles northwest of Venice, Odell participated in the Battle of Vittorio-Veneto. Serving on the front lines, he saw the ramifications of poison gas, but also illness as the “Spanish flu” pandemic began to take hold both in Europe and on the homefront.

Remote Library Assistance

Our Research Librarians are available to help you via chat and email during the following times*:

  • Monday through Friday 9am - 5pm
  • Monday through Thursday 7pm - 10 pm
  • Sunday 1pm - 5pm

Study habits in the age of COVID-19

Please see this resource guide for some helpful study habits while navigating these stressful times.

ASLC Resources for Students

ASLC are putting together resources to help students during this difficult time. Follow the link to learn About the Emergency Funds Applications and the Resource Pantry.

Moss Appreciation Week: Moss Portrait Contest

Take your best shot and email your entries to by Friday at 1pm. Mossy prizes will be awarded.

Special Collections Acquires First Italian Illuminated Manuscript in the Portland Area

Watzek Library’s Special Collections and Archives has recently added another rare book, an Italian book of hours, to its growing collection of archival materials. The book was acquired thanks to a highly competitive grant from the B.H. Breslauer Foundation. Starting next spring, students will have the opportunity to examine the text in depth in Professor Karen Gross’s manuscript analysis course.

Exhibit: But we’ll have our rights

Watzek Library is proud to host the exhibit But we’ll have our rights: Black Suffragists and Their Push for the Vote from February 1 through April 15, 2020.

Did you know SAAB offers FREE 1 on 1 Peer Tutoring to ALL students?

With finals just around the corner, it’s a good time to check in with SAAB. They offer personalized tutoring sessions on a variety of course topics. Check out this list of course offerings.


Congratulations Hannah Crummé!

Our very own Dr. Hannah Leah Crummé has been named the joint winner of the 2019 Janette Harley Prize for Shakespeare on the Record: Researching an Early Modern Life.

“Do-Gooders” and Friends: The Successes and Failures of Community Advocacy in the Case of Cheryl James

Exhibition curated in Lewis & Clark College’s Special Collections by Emma Celebrezze (’20) and Ashley O’Leary (’22), and in conjunction with the Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnicity, examines Cheryl’s story. This exhibition can be found on Watzek Library’s 3rd Floor, outside room 336.

the bauhaus at 100: innovation, collaboration, evolution

Be sure to swing by Watzek Library to see our latest Special Collections display.  

National Public Library Pristina Qiv Owned Image 30 August 2008.jpg

Library Director Mark Dahl Off to Kosovo!

Watzek Library Director Mark Dahl has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist appointment to visit the National Library of Kosovo.  During October 2019 he will work with the National Library and other departments within the Kosovo Ministry of Culture to develop a strategic plan for the National Library.

Don’t Fear the Pholcid

Thanks to support from Jeremy McWilliams at Lewis & Clark’s Watzek Library Digital Initiatives Office, the team used the college’s HPC cluster (lovingly named BLT for its three servers: bacon, lettuce, and tomato - better together) to crunch data analyzing 9 proteomes and 22 transcriptomes. The use of high-performance computing not only provided otherwise unattainable insights and discoveries, it also proved invaluable in training student-researchers.  

Art Display: Youth Shackled

Watzek Library is proud to display a temporary exhibit by Art Therapy graduate student Kat Scarim entitled Youth Shackled.
Summer 2019 Noir Fiction books at Watzek Library.

Noir Fiction Book Display

If suspenseful crime fiction is your thing, stop by the Watzek Atrium for some summer pleasure reading in the noir fiction subgenre.
Karen Gross

Dr. Gross Headed to NY Public Library Archives

Associate Professor of English Karen Gross has been awarded a Short Term Fellowship from the New York Public Library (NYPL).
Physics professor Bethe Scaletter with Cyan Cowap BA '19 and James Abney.

Bringing Imaging to Life: Professor and Student Collaborate on Textbook

Watzek Librarian Parvaneh Abbaspour recently presented new alumna Cyan Cowap BA ’19 with an intriguing opportunity to illustrate the biomedical imaging textbook that Professor of Physics Bethe Scalettar and Lewis & Clark law school alumnus James Abney are writing.

Watzek’s Vietnamese Portland Project Gets a Second Year

Watzek Library has received a second year of LSTA funding for the project, “Vietnamese Portland: Memory, History, and Community”.

Watzek Spins! Spring ’19 version!

Stressed out from that project deadline? Rejuvenate yourself with our specially-prepared mix of rare vinyl Thai & Cantonese Disco!

Stream it at our Mixcloud account.

Watzek’s Vietnamese Portland Collection to Become Podcast Series

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) has awarded Lewis & Clark a $10,000 grant to produce a series of podcasts using material from Watzek Library’s Vietnamese Portland: History, Memory, Community archive.

Do you want Poembot to print YOUR poem?

Submit your poem for consideration as part of Watzek Library’s 3rd incarnation of Poembot!

Study room policy change...

Based on your feedback, study room reservations must now be made at least one hour in advance. This change allows students to plan ahead for group projects and study sessions while also respecting the needs of our drop-in users. For more information, please see our complete study room reservation policy.

Welcome Victoria Heiduschke

Please welcome another new face at Watzek Library! Victoria is our Temporary Research & Instruction Librarian for spring semester. Click below for a short Q&A with Victoria.
Glick and colleagues after their first run on the BLT.

Bringing a High-Performance “BLT” to Life

Lewis & Clark’s high-performance computing (HPC) system has been propelled by a collaborative initiative driven by professors, staff members, and students. Although many are unaware of this HPC system—named BLT for its worker nodes “bacon, lettuce, and tomato”—it is paving the way for current and future research opportunities.

Welcome Robin Anderson!

Please welcome the newest face at Watzek Library! Robin Anderson is our Student Employment Coordinator and her hours are Sunday-Thursday 3:30pm to midnight! Click below for a short Q&A.

New York Times Digital Access

You can now have complimentary access to and NYT mobile apps among other amazing features! 

Season’s Greetings from Watzek Library

From all of us to all of you! Wishing you the best for the holidays!

Student Research Illuminates Manuscript Mysteries

At first glance, chemistry and English have little in common. Yet two courses from these disciplines are now intertwined, thanks to a rare tome acquired in 2014 by Watzek Library’s Special Collections: an illuminated 15th-century book of hours.

Art to Sit With

Lewis & Clark Senior Art Majors are pleased to present the traveling bookcase show, Artcase. The exhibition has moved from Fields and is now located in Watzek Library through Thursday, November 29… and then it will move to another location on campus. There are things to read and some art you can sit with.

New! Watzek Spins!

Stressed out from that project deadline? Rejuvenate yourself with our specially-prepared mix of rare vinyl psych-pop beats from Indonesian & Malaysian girl groups! Pattie Bersaudara, Zaleha Hamid, Elly Kasim, and more. Stream it at our Mixcloud account here.

Kiosk in Watzek Library by Sculpture 2/3

Do you need something ironed? What do you want to say? What is worth what and why? Losing things, sharing things, caring for things … visit the public kiosk in Watzek Library and through services rendered, let art change what you think you know. 

November 1st-14th, please come visit the kiosk (across from the circulation desk in Watzek).  
Mae Johnson BA '19 and Sydney Owada BA '19 at the opening reception for their new exhibit.

Student Curators Look Back at 500 Years of Religious History in New Exhibit

Two Lewis & Clark seniors have crafted a new Special Collections exhibit to present religious texts spanning 500 years. The students used an interdisciplinary approach to understand the impact that annotation and translation have had on how societies view and engage with Christianity. The final exhibit showcases their efforts in a detailed and nuanced analysis of how religious materials have influenced broader participation.

Watzek (Online) Classroom

Are you a little confused searching for your items? We’ve got your back with this  suite of short video tutorials to help both students and instructors use Watzek’s online resources such as Primo, the library catalog!
Geneva Bible engraved title page, Jan Fredericksz Stam, Amsterdam, c. 1638

Exhibit: Shaping the Bible: 500 Years of Interpretation, Translation, and Reformation

Since the Reformation, editors, printers, and scholars have experimented with the text, creating volumes that are more appealing, easy to understand, and readily accessible than they had been before. Our current exhibit can be found in the Atrium of Aubrey R. Watzek Library through July 2019.
Watzek Library

IMLS Awards Watzek an Innovation Grant

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded the Watzek Library a $24,983 Sparks Innovation Grant for a collaborative project.

Elaine Hirsch Elected President of Oregon Library Association

Elaine Hirsch, associate director of Watzek Library, has been elected as the incoming vice president/president-elect of the Oregon Library Association (OLA).

Recording Stories of Portland’s Vietnamese Community

The State Library of Oregon has awarded Lewis & Clark a $30,100 competitive grant in support of the first year of a multi-year project entitled “Vietnamese Portland: Memory, History, Community”. Supported with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), this project will be led by Dr. Hannah Crummé, Head of Watzek Library Special Collections and College Archivist.

Professor Kim Stafford Chosen as Oregon’s Ninth Poet Laureate

Kim Stafford, associate professor and founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute, has been chosen to serve as Oregon’s ninth poet laureate, Governor Kate Brown JD ’85 announced this morning. Stafford will serve a two-year term as “an ambassador of poetry across the state.”

Faculty Best Books List

We have a fresh new shipment, so swing by the Watzek Service Desk to get your copy!  What a great way to decide your summer reading list!

In honor of Watzek Library’s 50th anniversary, we are releasing the second edition of the Faculty Best Books List. The List is a collection of book recommendations by College of Arts and Sciences and Graduate School of Education and Counseling faculty plus recommendations by the staff of Watzek Library. 

This List is a diverse collection of favorites that range from the popular to the scholarly and includes fiction as well as non-fiction. It is full of great ideas for summer reading. Pick up your copy at the Watzek Circulation Desk and find the book of your choice at Watzek.

Hey, First Years!

We know it’s the end of the semester, and you’re busy. REALLY busy. But check out this prestigious award that the library gives to the two best E&D research projects. It’s easy to apply for the award, and you are already doing the work! The deadline to apply is Sunday, May 6.

Introducing Waterfacts!

This exhibit, located above the water fountain on the main floor of Watzek Library, will provide both hydration and knowledge! 

Waterfacts was developed by Ian Douglas, Computer Science, ’18 and supported by Watzek’s Digital Initiatives.  Special thanks to Alan Younis for technical advising.

This project is a result of the Microcomputing Workshops hosted by Watzek in February 2017 with funding from the Library Ed-Tech Committee. 

We still have lockers for rent!

We still have many lockers available in Watzek for just $5 for the whole semester!  

Watzek Finals Hours

Watzek Library will be open 24 hours a day starting at 9 a.m. on Sunday, December 10th through 9 p.m.  on Tuesday, December 19.  Happy studying and good luck!  You’ve got this!

Totes for a tree!!! - SOLD OUT!!

Did you know that indoor plants reduce anxiety and promote feelings of friendliness? Help us welcome a tree into the library atrium by purchasing a handmade tote at the Library Service Desk ($10 cash only) - all proceeds go towards the purchase of a tree.

Plant Pressing Workshops!

Interested in learning how to create herbarium specimens or just love pressing plants? Hannah Machiorlete ’20 & Sami Zimmerman ’19 from Lewis & Clark’s Natural History Club will be hosting a plant pressing workshop in the library classroom on two Fridays in the coming weeks!

Extended Chat Hours

Our chat service is now available to patrons Monday-Friday 8 am to 9 pm, Saturdays Noon to 5 pm, and Sundays Noon to 9 pm. Just look for the chat icon anywhere on our website

Portland Business Journal

All students, staff, and faculty at all three Lewis & Clark campuses can now access the Portland Business Journal online.

Lewis & Clark at 150: The “Cinderella College”

Explore college history in the Lewis & Clark at 150: The “Cinderella College” exhibition on display in the Aubrey R. Watzek Library atrium.
Yonas Habte and Chhaileang Sun

Game On!

We are so excited about our new GAME COLLECTION!  Grab some friends and come play.  

Faculty Book Display

Our new Diversions Display in the atrium is but a drop in the bucket of books written by our wonderful faculty.  

Check it out!

Who was Owen Denny?

Check out the exhibit on the library’s 3rd floor near the L stacks to find out!

Become part of the LC Sketchbook Archive!

1.  Check out a 20-page sketchbook for the semester.

2.  Fill it up and bring it back before the end of finals.

3.  We will make it part of the library’s permanent collection to be housed in the Pioneers Balcony.

Science Illustration Workshop

Are you interested in learning how to draw different types of plants, bugs, and mammals? Do you have an interest in exploring how to tie together the arts and sciences? Then a Scientific Illustration workshop is for you! A Scientific Illustrator will be visiting campus the weekend of April 7-9 to lead three Workshops. If you are interested and want to sign up for one of these sessions, or want to learn more, click here!

Thank you to SAAB, the Biology Department & the Watzek Library for supporting this event.

The Horror of Normalcy: Katherine Dunn, Geek Love, and Cult Literature Exhibition

The Horror of Normalcy: Katherine Dunn, Geek Love, and Cult Literature opens to the public April 4. This exhibition provides a first look at the literary archive of the cult Portland author, who arranged to bequeath her collection to Lewis & Clark before her death in 2016.

Scientific Illustration Exhibit

This exhibit was curated by Angela Mele, Sophia Horigan ’16, Cora Layman ’19, & Kellsy Nava-Lopez ’19 and populates wooden cases in the library atrium. 

Celebrate National Poetry Month with PoemBot

Roses are red, violets are blue,
Watzek’s rad robot prints poems just for you.
They are better than this one.

PoemBot brought to you by Watzek Digital Initiatives and Sophia Horigan, ’16. New poems daily April 1-30.

Anna Lorton

Meet Anna Lorton

Anna Lorton is serving as a Reference and Instruction Librarian for Dan Kelley as he is leading an overseas program in Australia this semester.  Click to learn

Nature’s Filigree Exhibit

This exhibit is curated by Nate Klimpert ’16 with contributions from Phil Gaddis ’68.  Look for it in a glass case in the library atrium.

New Senior Project Site

Today Watzek Library is launching the new and improved Senior Projects site. The site contains electronic theses and studio art capstone images submitted to Watzek Library over the past several years.

History Students at the Reference Desk!

Watzek Library would like to thank research assistants Tawny Bright, Nathaniel Hamlett, Heather Schadt, and Naomi Goldman-Nagel for helping us staff the reference desk Sunday through Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9pm this semester.
Artwork by Kelsey Lemon

Art Education on Display!

Take a look at the case outside Watzek 343 to see a rotating display of work that has recently come out of the Graduate School…

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Watzek Library will close Wednesday, November 23, at 5 p.m. and will reopen Saturday, November 26, at 11 a.m. Gobble Gobble and best wishes for the holiday!

For the latest on Watzek building hours, check out Library hours.

Watzek Library Exhibits: 13th Annual Ray Warren Symposium

Watzek Library has several exhibits exploring the idea of “Home: Race, Place, and Belonging”

Art 227 Useful Art Circulation Project

Art227: Useful Art is pleased to present various works that are in circulation from now until Wednesday, November 23rd.  Check out the art in Watzek Library.  Literally.

New digital collection on slavery

This HeinOnline collection brings together, for the first time, all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world.
UCR created a splash on 17 May 1941 when the junk Amoy arrived in New York after an 87-day voyage from Shanghai. The junk is one of the f...

Susan Glosser’s “When the “Yellow Peril” Became Just Like Us” Exhibit on Display at Watzek Library

History Professor Susan Glosser and students research, write and curate exhibit on display in Watzek Library.
1599 Geneva Bible

Rare 1599 Bible Found in Watzek Basement

History major, Sam Bussan ’18 recently discovered a rare 1599 English Bible in the basement of Watzek. This Oregonian story includes some great pictures and briefly interviews him and our new Head of Special Collections, Hannah Crummé. 

History Students Help at the Reference Desk!

Watzek Library would like to thank research assistants Lauren Krumholz and Nick Hensel for helping us staff the reference desk on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7pm-9pm this semester.  Thanks for helping us extend our hours!
vol. 32, Where? Designed by Hermès.

Curious Collection

Visionaire is one of Watzek’s more unique and lesser-known periodicals.  Click below to find out more…

Excuse our mess and noise

We apologize for the mess and noise, but exciting changes are happening to Watzek!  Stay tuned!
Leslie & Christen search for movies

Watzek Has Movies!!

Watzek Library is excited to announce that our DVDs and VHS tapes are now available for browsing.  You can stroll through the stacks in the A-D9999 section and look for video treasures to check out and take home.  Don’t have a VHS player?  No problem, we have one at our Audio Visual Stations in the back of that section.
Lawrence Kirk, CAS '16

Watzek Student Art Acquisition

The latest piece added to the Watzek Student Art Collection is by Lawrence Kirk CAS ’16, from his series entitled Central Control.

Watzek Library Summer Hours

Watzek hours will change as we move into summer.  Click on the hours in the bottom-left of our home page to see all the details.

The Beetles of Lewis & Clark

The Beetles of Lewis & Clark, an exhibit in the Watzek Library atrium curated by Chaya Arabia ’15.  


Looking for video content on your research topics? Try out Watzek’s new streaming service via Kanopy, which offers documentaries across many subject areas and select international films. Try it.

Roper iPOLL Database

Watzek Library is now a subscribing member of the Roper iPOLL database, a unique, rich data source for US public opinion and policy topics.

Records for Reading Days?

Try out Watzek’s 45 soul mixtape for finals! Curated in-house and guaranteed to improve your retention.  Play.

History Students at the Reference Desk!

Watzek Library would like to thank research assistants Cade Brewster, Sarah Mills, Melissa Dean-Treseler, and Lindsay Mulcahy for helping us staff the reference desk Monday through Thursday evenings from 7pm-9pm this semester.  

Oxford Bibliographies Online (OBO)

Oxford calls these “hybrids of annotated bibliographies and high-level encyclopedias.” We agree. Watzek has them for Buddhism, Classics, International Relations, Medieval Studies, Renaissance, Philosophy and Victorian Literature. Vetted by scholars. A solid starting point for digging deeper into these topics. Try it.


ProQuest’s digital archive of The NAACP Papers covers six decades of the inner workings of America’s foremost civil rights organization. It contains over a million scanned images of internal memos, legal briefings and direct action summaries from the association’s national, legal and branch offices. TRIAL ACTIVE UNTIL OCT. 8!
Interior page showing notes and silk bookmark.

Former student returns 280 year old library book, 47 years late.

A copy of Cicero’s speeches, published in 1735, was returned to Watzek Library by 1968 alumnus.

New Watzek Library Special Collections and Archives Website

Lewis & Clark College’s Aubrey R. Watzek Library is proud to announce its new and improved Special Collections and Archives website.

Poetry Off the Shelf: William Stafford

Poetry Foundation audio program Poetry Off the Shelf explores poet William Stafford and his actions on walking and writing for peace. Produced by Curtis Fox the program includes remarks by Kim Stafford, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Philip Metres.

Schedule a Research Consultation

Need in-depth help with your research?  Schedule a research consultation–a personalized session with a librarian on how to approach the research process for your project.

Cover of College & Research Library News

Cover of College & Research Libraries News

This month’s cover of College & Research Libraries News features  the “Mouth of the Willamette River, Oregon” from The West Shore: An Illustrated Western Magazine. The image is part of the Lewis & Clark College Digital Collections and was provided courtesy of Watzek Library’s Special Collections and Archives Department.

Course Reserves

Does the library have your textbook? Find books for your class through Course Reserves.

Doug Erickson to Leave Watzek Library

After 24 years of service, Doug Erickson will leave Watzek Library at the end of January to become the Director of West Linn Public Library. Read more about Doug’s accomplishments and his new role at the College in the Source.

Sara Read named new Access Services & Technology Specialist

There’s a new face behind the Circulation Desk! Sara Read, last year’s Oregon Library Employee of the Year, joins the Watzek team from PSU.

Finding interlibrary loan materials

There is a new way to find materials that may be available via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).  Check out this page for all the details.

Streamlined Summit Requesting

Placing requests for Summit materials will be much simpler beginning January 20th. See this page for all the details.

Parvaneh Abbaspour named new Science & Data Services Librarian

We are excited to introduce you to Parvaneh Abbaspour, Watzek’s new Science & Data Services Librarian. In this position Parvaneh serves as the liaison to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Economics, and will develop the library’s data services program.

Thesauri or Subject Headings

Most library databases have a thesaurus of terms, subject headings, or descriptors developed by the database producer or a professional organization. For example, the Education Resources Information Center creates the thesaurus for the ERIC database.  Why does this matter to you? You can get more focused results sets by using the assigned terms. Looking at the scope note (brief description of what it’s used for) for a term lets you know if you are using the right one, and you can often see a list of broader, narrower, or related terms. Need help using subject headings? Ask a Librarian!

Wonders of Watzek

Caleb Dahl (LC ’17) caught up with Watzek’s Assistant Archivist, Zach Selley, about the library’s most remarkable resources. Selley routinely points both seasoned writers and Lewis & Clark first-years to the countless historical photographs, journals, and illustrations in Watzek’s special collections and archives.

Movies and TV shows and music! Oh my!

Did you know you can find Watzek’s movies, TV shows, music, and audiobooks by browsing our audio and video pages? Well, you can. And it’s easy. From HBO TV shows to dub reggae music to Western films to movies in Arabic… we’ve got you covered!

Featured Items: We the Anthropos

It’s time for the 17th Annual Environmental Affairs Symposium, We the Anthropos. So for our latest round of featured items, we lined up a selection of books supporting the symposium’s theme. Browse them in the library atrium or in our online pinboard.

In Character with Doug Erickson

In this candid interview, The Portland Tribune talks to Doug Erickson, Watzek’s Associate Director for Special Collections, about Monica Lewinsky, the college’s acquisition of one of the greatest Lewis & Clark collections in the world, and more.

Featured Items: Beware of the Banned Books

September 21-27 is Banned Books Week. Celebrate our freedom to read by picking up one of the frequently banned and censored books on our Pinterest board or on display in the library atrium.

Fluent english speakers needed!

Volunteer to be paired with (an) international student(s) and meet with them bi-weekly to help improve their english while bonding with people from all over the world!

Featured Items: Know Your City

PDX, Rip City, the City of Roses, Bridgetown, Stumptown! Once the Atlantic City of the Northwest, Portland, Oregon today is a place of aggressive bike commuters, near constant rain, and far too many coffee shops. Get to know your weird, wacky new home through this list of books available at Watzek!

Labor Day Hours

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, Watzek Library will be closed Saturday, August 30 - Monday, September 1. We hope you take the day off too to enjoy the fruits of your labor and savor the end of summer. We will open 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2 for regular hours.

The wisdom within Watzek: Stephanie Beene

Visual Resources Coordinator Stephanie Beene curates collections of images and helps meet faculty and student needs. The Source caught up with him to find out more about her expertise and cutting-edge developments in her field. Check out her interview in The Source.

The wisdom within Watzek: Everett Carter

Did you know our new Special Collections & Archives Librarian EJ Carter wrote his dissertation on German gambling casinos? The Source caught up with him to find out more about his expertise and cutting-edge developments in his field. Check out his interview in The Source.

Wisdom within Watzek: Kate Rubick

Instruction Services Librarian Kate Rubick teaches research skills to students, helps professors build collections of resources for their classes, and chairs the Watzek Student Advisory Committee. The Source caught up with her to find out more about her expertise and cutting-edge developments in her field.

Groundbreaking Jewish History Project

LC Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Oren Kosansky, has salvaged a trove of Jewish manuscripts in his NEH funded digital project: The Rabat Genizah Project. Watzek Digital Initiatives and several LC students have collaborated with Kosansky over the past few years to provide access to these documents.

Catalog Maintenance

Our catalog will be unavailable on Sunday, July 20, from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. for system maintenance. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Watzek will be closed July 4-6

Watzek Library will be closed July 4-6 in celebration of Independence Day. The library will reopen Monday, July 7 at 8 a.m.

L&C Collaborative Research

We’re excited to announce the launch of a new web site, profiling student-faculty research and creative activities at the College of Arts & Sciences. In addition to fostering awareness of these activities, we hope the projects on this site will spark the interests of students and encourage them to pursue the many opportunities available for student research at Lewis & Clark.

#Watzek on Instagram

We want to see your point of view! Share your photos of Watzek on Instagram and tag them #watzek for a chance to win a finals survival pack! Check out our instagram feed right here and on Instagram.
Aerial view of Lewis & Clark College, 1953.

New Collection: Photos of L&C Buildings and Construction

Watzek Special Collections introduces a new digital collection of historical photographs, depicting Lewis & Clark College campus buildings and construction, dating back to the 1940s. In addition to photographs, the collection includes architectural sketches, drawings of campus grounds, and drawings of campus facilities.