Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Instructional Resources

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Computing Resources
Media Center
Academic Resource Center
Performing Arts Resource  Center


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 680,000 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 230,000 digital images supports instruction and research in art, 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

Computing Resources

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, linguistics, the performing arts, physics, psychology, public policy, and other areas.

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 Information Technology website.

Media Center

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 videos. Additionally, the IMC provides audiovisual equipment for checkout including headphones, laptops, audio/video recorders, projectors, DVD/VCR players, and screens.

Academic Support Services

Academic support services, housed in the Dorothy Johansen House (DoJo), offers academic coaching, individual peer tutoring and drop-in tutoring for many courses and several skill areas, including writing and quantitative skills and academic/study skills. Professional staff members offer coaching in skills such as reading effectively and time management, as well as focused quantitative skills for math, science, and social science courses. Peer tutors have a deep understanding of Reed's approach to academics. Writing center tutors help with all stages of the writing process for assignments in any class, including thesis.

All Reed students are eligible for up to one hour per week of individual tutoring, and unlimited drop-in tutoring, for any courses that have tutors. These free resources are available to students at all stages of their Reed career; students should discuss with their faculty adviser or individual course instructors how academic support can help them manage the demands of Reed's coursework.

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.