Visit the Clark Library Gallery’s newest exhibit and get a glimpse into the early years of UP’s first professional school. UP became involved in nursing education in 1934 when it partnered with the St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing to offer a four-year degree program. Stop by to see the historic photographs and artifacts, including a stylish nursing cape and a portable aspirator. The exhibit will be on display through March in the gallery space on the main floor.
The Clark Library has a new gallery space on the main floor. Our first exhibits were Remembering Howard Hall and Germany at the Polls.
The current exhibit, Searching for Homunculus, will have an opening reception in the Clark Library on Friday, October 27 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. The exhibit features the work of Mark R. Pitzer in the Psychological Sciences department, a behavioral neuroscientist who studies diseases of the brain and teaches about brain evolution and function. He is also an artist and creates sculptures and paintings that explore the disparities between how we experience conscious awareness and how the brain may actually function. People are invited to drop by the reception and chat with the artist. The exhibit is on display through December.
The Clark Library Gallery will showcase the creativity of University of Portland students, faculty, and staff, the diversity of the scholarship and culture on our campus, and the history of the University.
Recently we have acquired furniture for the patio space next to the main entrance. There is seating available for groups of 4 and 5, including a wheelchair accessible spot. On campus during the summer? Grab a seat and study with your friends, or enjoy a little sun while you take a relaxing lunch break!
Another new item is the Year in Review photo installation in the vestibule. This is a unique display of Instagram photos taken around the university during the past year. The installation will be up through September. Stop in and take a walk down memory lane.
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!
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!
One of the most amazing changes between the old library and the new one is the amount of interactive study spaces available. There are a total of 19 study rooms, nine of which have shiny new LCD screens mounted in them.
You can find one study room with a monitor on the lower floor (room 007), all of the study rooms on the main floor have a monitor, and you can find four on the upper floor (rooms 203, 204, 217, and 218).
Part of the magic of these new interactive study spaces, is that you can hook up your laptop, iPad, or DVD player to the monitors. By simply connecting your device to the appropriate cables provided inside the table and selecting that cable # on the touch screen, you can mirror your screen with the monitor, set-up a dual screen, or watch a movie on a DVD player (available for checkout at the Service desk).
These spaces get claimed very quickly, so we suggest reserving them online in advance!
Need a mental break or inspiration? Slow down and visit the special exhibit: The Book as Art and Statement. These unique, handmade books will be on display through September.
The Clark Library also has a permanent display of the heritage edition of the Saint John’s Bible, which is in the alcove next to the new books. The page on display is changed twice a week. Each time a new page is chosen, a blog post describing the featured illumination is posted so you can keep up. For example, the current page on display is: Garden of Eden / Adam and Eve.