Collection Descriptions


Maps are acquired to support the University's curricula and research activities. They are obtained through direct purchase, government depository programs, gifts, and other methods. The collection includes world, international, national, state, regional, and local maps as well as subject specific and thematic maps. These materials supplement the reference collection of atlases and gazetteers and are housed near them in the Reference Room.


The general purpose of the print and electronic reserve collections is to support the instructional programs of the University by providing library resources which are directly related to curricular offerings. The specific aims of this collection are to provide:

  • reserve reading materials as required or recommended by the faculty for student use
  • a permanent collection of core materials related to the curriculum and to Western Oregon State University
  • controlled use of materials whose format, value or high demand may make them candidates for theft/mutilation;
  • access to high demand materials.

The reserve collections consist of books and other materials which are borrowed from the general collection or that are on loan from a faculty member as well materials in electronic formats. Items borrowed from the general collection are returned when no longer needed for reserve. Most reserve materials may be used only in the library; however, a few selected sources circulate overnight or longer at the request of the faculty member placing the items on reserve.

In addition to course-related books, pamphlets, and periodical articles placed on reserve by faculty, the collection houses the following:

  • course textbooks supplied by faculty
  • a permanent collection of Faculty Senate, Western Oregon University, Oregon University System, and other related publications including self-study reports, annual faculty and staff salary lists, budget documents, etc.
  • test collection

Faculty, University personnel and professional Library staff may request that materials be placed in this collection, but ultimate responsibility for inclusion lies with the Public Services Librarian.


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