CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University is celebrating the Valley Library’s 15th anniversary this month with guided tours led by student employees highlighting the many services and resources the library provides, far beyond books and study space.
Tours take place between 2 and 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, and run every 15 minutes (the final tour starts at 3:15 p.m.) They meet in the library foyer on the second floor.
Remodeling of Valley Library began in 1996, and was completed in 1999. Former university librarian Karyle Butcher oversaw the completion of the $47 million project, which improved the original Kerr Library. Kerr had been designed to store 750,000 volumes, approximately half of what Valley Library contains today.
The old building was designed long before computers and digital archives moved to the forefront of library technology. Valley Library has continued to adapt to changing technology, offering classrooms that allow for interactive multi-media lessons, like the Autzen, and providing services like 3-D printing.
Valley Library is also home to University Archives & Special Collections, which offers treasures ranging from dated manuscripts to the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Papers. It also includes many online collections accessible to anyone around the world.
Additionally, the library houses the OSU Press, one of the few thriving university presses in the Northwest, as well as the Center for Digital Scholarship, Oregon Explorer, ScholarsArchive, and Oregon Digital Collections.
To learn more, take one of the tours or visit: http://library.oregonstate.edu/