Oregon State Library

Present Duties

State Library Building
The State Library Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Library. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
The Oregon State Library (OSL) is responsible for providing quality information services to state government, quality library services to blind and print-disabled Oregonians, and leadership, grants and other assistance to improve library service for all Oregonians. It was established as the Oregon Library Commission in 1905, becoming the Oregon State Library in 1913. Since its founding, the library has been governed by an independent board of trustees. The present board consists of nine members from throughout the state who are appointed by the governor.

OSL has occupied the State Library building on the Capitol Mall since 1939. The library staff of about 40 is organized into an operations division and three program divisions.

The Government Information and Library Services Division provides research and reference assistance to state government and to persons on official state business. Specialized collections include federal and state government publications and a comprehensive collection of materials about Oregon. The library also provides public access to Oregon state government documents.

The Library Support and Development Services Division includes planning for statewide library development, providing equal access to information resources for K–12 students through the Oregon School Library Information System, collecting and reporting library statistics and administering state and federal library grant programs. Current priorities are improving early literacy services to children in public libraries and facilitating access to library services for all Oregonians.

The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library is the Oregon Regional Library for the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the blind and physically handicapped. Oregonians who are unable to read standard print because of a visual or physical disability are eligible for free library services. Books and magazines are available in audio format and in Braille.

Agency Website

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 250 Winter St. NE, Salem 97301-3950
Telephone: 503-378-4243
Fax: 503-585-8059
Contact: Vacant, State Librarian
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Vacant
Records Officer Email: Vacant​
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Google Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 357
Budget Analysis- by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule - a list of the public records kept at the agency

State Archives Holdings from This Agency

The following are selected abbreviated listings from the holdings of the Oregon State Archives. Additional records may be available. These records may be viewed free of charge at the State Archives Building in Salem. Copies are available for a fee. Take the Web tour for more information about visiting or ordering copies from the Oregon State Archives.
 
Title: American Library Association
Dates: 1905-1959
Cubic Ft.: 1.8
 
Title: Archives Division Correspondence
Dates: 1945-1973
Cubic Ft.: .5
 
Title: Archives Program Development Records
Dates: 1941-1958
Cubic Ft.: .3
 
Title: Book Lists
Dates: 1907-1952
Cubic Ft.: .3
 
Title: Central Oregon Library Association
Dates: 1944-1949
Cubic Ft.: .1
 
Title: Eastern Oregon Library Association
Dates: 1947-1949
Cubic Ft.: .1
 
Title: Field Services Reports and Correspondence
Dates: 1906-1959
Cubic Ft.: .6
 
Title: "Letters to Libraries"
Dates: 1921-1960
Cubic Ft.: 1.6
 
Title: Library Administrative Correspondence, A-Y
Dates: 1905-1976
Cubic Ft.: 23
 
Title: Library Committee and Conference Records
Dates: 1941-1967
Cubic Ft.: .25
 
Title: Local Library Correspondence
Dates: 1905-1964
Cubic Ft.: 22
 
Title: Monthly Reports
Dates: 1959-1974
Cubic Ft.: 1.5
 
Title: Oregon Library Association Correspondence
Dates: 1944-1950
Cubic Ft.: .25
 
Title: Pacific Northwest Library Association Correspondence
Dates: 1911-1952
Cubic Ft.: .75
 
Title: Press Releases
Dates: 1907-1964
Cubic Ft.: .7
 
Title: Public Library Reports and Correspondence
Dates: 1910-1954
Cubic Ft.: 1.25
 
Title: Publications
Dates: 1921-1952
Cubic Ft.: 2.4
 
Title: Radio Program Records
Dates: 1928-1954
Cubic Ft.: .4
 
Title: Rules and Procedures Records
Dates: 1916-1953
Cubic Ft.: .1
 
Title: Traveling Library Records
Dates: 1905-1959
Cubic Ft.: 2.6
 
Title: Victory Book Campaign Records
Dates: 1941-1946
Cubic Ft.: 1