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About the Library

The OCAC Library provides access to a unique collection of diverse resources that support curricular and research activities at OCAC. The primary focus of the collection is craft and fine art, available in a variety of print and electronic resources. Although the Library is dedicated to supporting the College community, it is also open to the public for research and checkout. For more information, please connect to: 

Library Website


Library blog


When classes are in session, the library hours are Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
Summer hours are: Monday-Friday 12:00pm-5:00pm

At other times of the year, hours may be shortened. Changes will always be posted at the library entrance or call (503) 297-5544 to confirm library hours. The library is also closed New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving day and the following Friday, and for an extended period over the winter holidays. 



Book Library
The OCAC Book Library is a strong and growing collection of over 10,000 books and 90 periodicals on craft and fine art. The College is a member of the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS), a public library network allowing access to a general collection of over a million volumes. Please see the WCCLS website to access the catalog. 
Slide Library
The Slide Library has a teaching collection of over 40,000 images in art and craft history, as well as slides of work by contemporary regional, national and international artists, reflecting the College's commitment to its role as a resource for crafts and fine art education in the region.

Electronic Resources: Please see the library website for more information 
The Library has subscribes to a number of excellent databases to aid in the students' experience and scholarship.

We also have access to the enormous database offerings at the Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) as well, please see for more information. 

ARTStor is a digital library of more than one million high-resolution, downloadable images in the areas of art, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences with a set of tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes. 

Art Source is a database that includes Art Index Retrospective, Art Index, Art Abstracts, Art Full Text, and Art & Architecture Complete. Art Source covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to architecture and design. Providing over 600 full-text journals, more than 220 full-text books, and a collection of over 63,000 imaes, it is designed for use by a diverse audience including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers. 

Oxford Art Online is the gateway to multiple trusted art reference resources that serves students, curators, scholars and collectors alike. It is anchored by two major resources with complementary strengths: Grove Art Online and Benezit Dictionary of Artists

Contact the librarian at
(503) 297-5544

How to Donate

The Book Library maintains a liberal donation policy and accepts most gifts deemed appropriate to the collection. Donors who require documentation for tax purposes must complete an OCAC In-Kind Donation Form (available below). Responsibility for donation appraisals rests with the donor and may not be conducted by library staff. Upon discretion of the librarian, accepted items may be donated in turn to more appropriate institutions, OCAC departments, or members of the community.

Download In-Kind Donation Form