The Hauser Memorial Library is a central part of the intellectual and cultural life at Reed. Its primary mission is to provide collections and services that support the educational goals of the college. Book stacks are open to encourage browsing of the collections. Study desks, carrels, and comfortable seating are distributed throughout the building, which also supports wireless network access. A computer-equipped reading room is a popular place for writing and research. Library staff members endeavor to maintain an atmosphere that is informal and conducive to study.
The library houses a collection of over 640,000 volumes. It is a depository for U.S. government publications and maintains special collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archival materials. A collection of nearly 210,000 digital images supports instruction and research in art, classics, humanities, history, and other disciplines.
Reed’s carefully built collection provides strong support for student coursework and for individual research interests. Students can consult a wide variety of databases and online resources to access journal articles, e-books data, maps, and images on a wide range of subjects. Reed students have borrowing privileges at most Oregon and Washington academic libraries. Students can place direct online requests for books and additional resources in these other library collections and have the titles delivered to Reed.
The library is open over 120 hours each week. Librarians staff the reference desk to aid students in their research and answer reference questions using email, online chat, and text messaging. They offer class-related instruction in the use of library resources and methods for exploring print and digital resources. Students are encouraged to consult a reference librarian for more information on library resources and services. The library’s website can be found at www.library.reed.edu.
Reed’s educational technology center (ETC) and other campus computing facilities are designed to provide students with a rich and diverse set of tools for learning, research, and communication. Students have unlimited access to computing labs, known as information resource centers (IRCs), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Instructional technology is used in every academic department at Reed, and there are specialized student computing labs in art, biology, chemistry, foreign languages, the performing arts, physics, psychology, public policy, and other areas.
Students who purchase computer equipment through the college receive discounts on hardware and software. Reed’s wired and wireless computer networks reach all classrooms, labs, offices, study areas, and many open spaces. Students must register their personal computers and handheld devices in order to access networked resources. All computers connected to the campus network must have up-to-date antivirus and antispyware protective software.
Available to students are software troubleshooting, hardware repairs, consulting about purchases, training in the use of Macintosh, Windows, and Linux computers, and other technology services.
For more information visit the computing and information services website.
The instructional media center (IMC), on lower level one in the library building, includes a language lab, a video viewing room, a multimedia lab, and a large collection of audio recordings and videos. Additionally, the IMC provides audiovisual equipment for checkout including headphones, laptops, audio/video recorders, projectors, DVD/VCR players, and screens.
The academic resource center houses the writing center, quantitative skills center, math center, language center, and tutoring services. Peer tutors provide drop-in tutoring for writing, quantitative skills, and several skill areas such as biology, chemistry, economics, physics, and statistics. Peer tutors have a deep understanding of Reed's approach to academics; their consultations are a free resource to all degree students.
For more information, visit the academic resource center website.
Performing Arts Resource Center
The Performing Arts building includes a shared library and computing facility known as PARC (performing arts resource center). This facility includes sound recordings, music scores, videos, computers, and other information resources that support studies in the performing arts. In addition, a core collection of current performing arts journals and reference materials is available. A performing arts librarian, an instructional technologist, and other staff support the use of collections, technology, and services for dance, music and theatre.