ReadUP Update

Charming Billy - ReadUP BookReadUP, the campus initiative to read one book together, launched last semester. Over 300 copies of the ReadUP book, Charming Billy, were given away before Winter Break. If you finished the book, pay it forward and pass it along to a friend. Or if you cherish your copy, lend it to a friend.

Soon there will be opportunities to discuss the book and hear directly from the author.

Everyone is invited to participate in the book discussions moderated by Fr. Charlie Gordon, C.S.C. in the Clark Library Conference Room (upper floor). Here are some starter questions to ponder in advance.

Feb. 11, Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Feb. 19, Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Feb. 24, Tuesday, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Alice McDermott, the book’s author, will be on campus to give a public lecture followed by a book signing.

Feb. 26, Thursday, 7:00 pm in Buckley Center Auditorium

Season’s Greetings

Clark Library staff and faculty wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

In honor of the season, we have a 1750 triptych from our art collection on display in the lobby. Triptychs were a popular form of Christian art and consist of three painted, or carved, panels and the side panels can be closed like shutters. This format made it easier to protect and transport, and viewing could be limited to special occasions.1 See high resolution images of this triptych (open and closed) in our digital Art in the Clark Library collection.

1 triptych.” The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 9 Dec. 2014

Madonna with Child Triptych

Madonna with Child


Welcome New Students – Get a Photo Memento

redcurtainAfter you settle into your new home away from home, drop by the Clark Library!

Get a free, fun memento right away and visit the Red Curtain Photo Booth on the main floor (available Thursday from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm). Bring your new roommates and your family! While you are in the building, visit the Digital Lab on the upper floor and learn about the cool, multimedia things you can do there. Need another photo? Stop by the Image Production Studio (next to Digital Lab).


Therapy Dogs Reduce End of Semester Stress

For the first time the Clark Library had two therapy dogs visit. During the last week of classes Chelsea Ritner of the University Health Center brought her dog Laika in for a few hours of stress relief. During Exam Week graduate student Kristin Gustaff brought in her therapy dog, Dalai. Both were very popular!

Students take a stress break with Dalai

Students take a stress break with Dalai

Did you know that we loan out more than books?

Have you seen the new table lamps?!

There’s been an exciting new purchase for the Clark Library! Recently we had sleek, new lamps installed on many of the tables around the library, including inside the study rooms. We’ve had several people asking us how these lamps turn on and off because they’re so minimal. The lights have special LED bulbs that are very energy efficient, so you don’t have to worry about turning them off when you leave the table.

If you’re curious about how these cool lamps work, watch the short video clip we’ve put together!

Extended Library Hours


The new hours are posted at the entrance to the library.

card swipe
If you have any issues with swiping into the library after midnight, please contact Public Safety at (503) 943-7161.

Starting this Spring semester, the Clark Library hours have been extended! The library now opens at 7:00 am Monday through Friday. The main and upper floors of the library are available (with a current UP ID card) until 2:00 am on Sunday through Thursday. To gain access to the building between the hours of 12:00 am and 2:00 am, simply swipe your card in the reader to the left of the main double doors. The service desk, reference shelves, and lower level of the library will still close at midnight, so if you need to access the books or check anything out, then make sure you arrive before that time!

Getting ready for the holidays

Decorating the tree

Decorating the tree (click to enlarge)

What does the fox say? Happy holidays!

What does the fox say? Happy holidays! (click to enlarge)


The Clark Library’s student workers wasted no time in decorating for the upcoming holiday. We hope the festive atmosphere illuminates everyone’s studies. The Toys for Tots collection box is also out and underneath the monitors on the main floor.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

Help make a child’s holiday brighter this year!  The Clark Library is participating in the U.S. Marines Corps’ Toys for Tots program as a drop off location for the 2013 Holiday season.  Toys will be collected in the library for distribution to families in the Portland area who cannot afford to purchase toys as gifts for their children.

You may bring donations of new, unwrapped toys to the main level of the library beginning on Monday, December 2nd through Tuesday, December 16th.


UP Authors Reception – always a fun annual event!

The Fifth Annual UP Authors Reception was a lively event with string and horn quartets providing the backdrop as students, faculty and staff browsed publications and socialized on the Thursday before Fall Break. If you missed the event, you can still see whose publications were featured.