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Willamette University

900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301

503-370-6300 voice

The Mark O. Hatfield Library

Opened in 1986, the Mark O. Hatfield Library serves as the library for the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Education, and the Atkinson Graduate School of Management. The building is a gracious, modern, glass-walled structure that overlooks the Mill Race and Jackson Plaza, one of the main gathering places on campus. The library offers students and faculty a diverse, well-chosen collection of more than 385,000 volumes, over 1,700 print and electronic journal subscriptions, and computer access to information and documents from around the world. The facility also houses a collection of United States Government documents, the Mark O. Hatfield Archives, the Willamette collection, the Rare Book collection, and a collection of Pacific Northwest materials.

A highly qualified staff of librarians and support personnel, committed to developing and maintaining strong collections and services, supports the research needs of the Willamette community. Each academic department and school has a liaison librarian with whom students and faculty can work. Course-related instruction presented by liaison librarians ensures that students not only find the information they need to satisfy course requirements, but also learn the search strategies needed to retrieve and critically evaluate information in a society that places increasing importance upon these skills. Librarians are also available at the reference desk, by phone, and by email. Liaison librarians are also available by appointment for individual research consultations.

The book collection, developed over more than a century, provides strong support for undergraduate and graduate research. The library’s holdings also include musical scores, music sound recordings, and a video collection of classic motion pictures and instructional films designed to support courses across the curriculum. A wide ranging selection of journals and newspapers completes the collection.

The library also participates in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of academic libraries in Oregon and Washington that share an online catalog called Summit. Summit provides information on the over 22 million volumes held by the member libraries. Automated borrowing through Summit allows students, faculty, and staff to initiate online orders for books from the other member libraries; materials are delivered within two to three days. An efficient interlibrary loan/document delivery service provides quick access to materials not available in the local collection or through Summit.

The Hatfield Library's online catalog includes records of all books and most other library holdings. The catalog is available 24 hours a day from office, home, or residence hall. The library's Web site has become a substantial digital library of content and services designed to facilitate research in all disciplines. It includes access to research databases, local library holdings, online journal collections and primary materials, links to full-text content, Summit and interlibrary loan, electronic reserves, local digital collections, and other resources and services.

The Hatfield library includes many attractive areas suitable for study and reflection. A variety of displays are hosted and lectures, readings, and recitals are held frequently in the Mark O. Hatfield Room. The Hatfield Archives house the papers and memorabilia of former United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield. A permanent exhibit of Senator Hatfield's memorabilia is available for viewing. A 24-hour study room equipped with vending machines provides comfortable study space during the hours the library is closed.

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