Archives | Child & Young AdultCurriculumGovernment Documents | Historic Optometry
Internet Resources | Main StacksMusicPeriodicalsRecreational Reading | Reference
Reserves | Special CollectionsTheses | Video & DVD


The Archives Department is located on the second floor of the Pacific University Library. "It was established in 1989 to insure proper care and managment of all records and documentary material pertaining to the growth and development of Pacific University."

For further information please visit Archives.

Child & Young Adult Collection

The Pacific University Library has a limited collection of children's and young adult literature to help support the Departments of Art and Education at Pacific University. The main focus of growth in this collection is award winning authors and illustrators within the field of children's and young adult literature.

Curriculum Collection

Government Documents

The Library collects print and electronic documents from federal, state and local government agencies. The largest collection of documents is that from the federal government which the Library receives by virtue of its participation in the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). The Library has been an FDLP library participant since 1897 and, at present, receives about 21 percent of all the documents offered through the Program by the Government Publications Office (GPO).

For more information about the Government Documents collection, please visit the Government Documents collection website.

Historic Optometry

The Library maintains a separate collection of historically significant resources related to field of optometry. These resources are available by asking for assistance from a Library staff member.

Internet Resources

The Library maintains a collection of internet resources and e-books. These are available through the PacCat, the Library's online catalog.

Main Stacks

The Library has a collection of more than 100,000 titles within the general circulating collection. The main collection contains books and multimedia, excluding videos and music CDs. The resources are arranged according to the Library of Congress (LC) system of cataloging.

Music Library

The Music Library contains separate collections of music recordings (CDs and LPs), scores and reference materials specific to the study of music. The Music Library collection is cataloged with Library of Congress call numbers. This collection is available for use and circulation to the Pacific University Community.


The Library subscribes to more than 2,500 current newspaper, magazine and journal titles, some of which are also available electronically. Check to see if the Library subscribes to a journal electronically at the total access website.

Most physical titles are shelved, alphabetically by title, in the Periodicals area of the library. Current issues of selected popular titles are located near the East entrance to the Library, and back-issues of periodicals are located on the East end of the first floor. Some back years are also kept on microfilm or microfiche.

Specific information for what the library owns of each title can be found by searching Boxer Search, the Library's online catalog.

Recreational Reading Collection

The Library maintains a small collection of materials intended for recreational reading. Look for the bookshelf near the circulation desk.


The Reference collection contains more than 4,000 resources available for use within the library. The collection is mainly comprised of research tools such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, statistical resources and many more resources to support research. This collection is freely available for use within the Library but may not be checked out.


Reserve material is limited to use by Pacific University students, faculty and staff. These materials consist of selected items placed on reserve by Pacific University faculty to support their course work. Reserve material can be checked out for either a two-hour or a two-day period. Reserve material can be renewed once.

Class materials are also available through the electronic reserve system, which can be accessed from any location with a protected password from the faculty member who placed the materials on reserve. The faculty member will be the one to distribute the password.

Special Collections

The Library has some special collections that contain rare and historically significant resources. Some of these collections include the Pacificana Collection, libraries of the early presidents of Pacific University, resources about Oregon and Pacific Northwest history and several other collections. Some of these collections are cataloged in Boxer Search, the Library's online catalog and are available with assistance from a librarian. These items are displayed in glass niches on the second floor.


Each graduate program at Pacific University provides a circulating and archival copy of dissertations and theses written by students within these programs. We retain the circulating copy for the current ten years, but the Library keeps the archival copy. The following is a list of the programs:

  • Arts and Science Masters Theses (1948-1989)
  • Doctor of Optometry Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Education in Visual Function in Learning
  • Master of Fine Arts in Writing
  • Master of Science in Clinical Optometric Management
  • Master of Science Occupational Therapy
  • Master of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Master of Science in Psychology

Visit CommonKnowledge to browse Pacific's online collection of theses and dissertations.

Videos & DVDs

The Library has a collection of more than 2,000 videos (VHS and DVD) that may be borrowed for six days. These videos and DVDs support the current curriculum of the University.

The video collection is cataloged with Library of Congress call numbers. The video collection also circulates to other libraries via Interlibrary Services (ILL) and Summit.