Greetings from OSU Libraries and Press,

I’d like to share our plans for reopening the Valley Library starting with summer intersession through the 2020 fall term. We will continue to do our utmost to connect faculty, students and staff with the resources that they need. However, library spaces and their access will be new and different. 

The safety of our user and employee communities remains our top priority. Our reopening teams have been working hard to ensure that our physical spaces are welcoming while their layout and design seek to minimize the risk and spread of COVID-19 virus. As we reopen, we appreciate users joining our on-site library employees in their commitment to adhering to Oregon State’s face covering and physical distancing policies to keep all of us safer.

Since spring term, we have maintained and expanded our digital collections and services to support remote work and research. The OSU community can expect to receive this virtual support throughout the fall term while on-site teaching activities are limited. Most Valley Library partners who also provide important services to the OSU community will be opting to continue offering remote support, and these include the following: the Graduate Student Commons, the Undergraduate Research and Writing Studio, and the Mole Hole (chemistry tutoring). Our COVID-19 site will be updated regularly to provide the most current information.


Sept. 8- 22: Summer Intersession

The main floor of the Valley Library building will be open:

  • Sept. 8-11: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday-Friday
  • Sept. 14-22: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday

Sept. 23-Nov. 25: Fall Term

The main floor of the Valley Library building will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; hours of operation may be extended after the first three to four weeks of the term.

Nov. 26-Jan. 3, 2021: Thanksgiving Break through Winter Break

The Valley Library will be closed.


We will adopt a phased approach to opening spaces and floors to Valley Library users; our spaces will be available for access by reservation only. More details about making reservations are forthcoming. When the building reopens in September, only the main or second floor will be accessible. Library personnel will assess the usage of space to determine when additional floors (levels 3-6) can safely be reopened. 


  • Digital services including Ask a Librarian, research consultations, instruction support, and more will continue throughout fall term.
  • Interlibrary loan services will be available, and we will continue to offer Scan and Deliver services, and to mail physical items to users. Summit services may resume at a later date.
  • We will process purchase requests for course materials and other resources. 
  • Staff of the Library’s Special Collections and Archives Research Center are available to consult via virtual reference by appointment only (Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm).  We anticipate that staff will be available for in-person reference by appointment only for fall term.  For more details, please visit the SCARC website.


Access to the Guin Library building at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport and to the OSU-Cascades Library in Bend are dependent on the operation levels at their respective sites. For more information about the Guin Library, contact  [email protected]. For information about the OSU-Cascades Library, contact [email protected].


OSU Press staff are working remotely but our publishing program is continuing and we are prepared to support instructors. The fall 2020 catalog (PDF) is available online. Please also check out the selection of OSU Press titles featuring underrepresented voices in Oregon and beyond

All the best,

Faye A. Chadwell
Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian

August 26, 2020