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Katherine Dunn died in 2016, leaving behind the unpublished manuscript of her novel, Toad, in the Special Collections of Lewis & Clark College.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.
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