New eClips Product Rolling Out Soon

January 25th, 2017

The State Library will begin rolling out a new & improved version of our eClips product.  We will begin migrating people to the new system in the 1st week of February.  You will not have to do a thing to register. Additionally, an Oregon State Library registration will no longer be required.  Be sure to spread the word about this new resource to anyone you’d like.

The new eClips product is a Mailchimp/Wordpress powered service and we hope, you’ll find the addition of visual content appealing.  Additionally, using the categorization and tagging features of WordPress, you’ll find the eClips news archive much easier to search for older stories and stories on/about the same topic.

You’ll receive an email update that is similar to the alerts you currently receive.  Clicking a story will take you to that story and it’s easy to either follow that individual story or look at all the stories on our eClips site.

If you’d like to get a sneak preview please go to:

You can even subscribe today.  We will be in touch soon about the transition.

Oregon Housing Data

July 19th, 2016

HUD Market at a Glance reports are available for every Region, State, Metropolitan Statistical Area, Metropolitan Division and County in the country. Each report contains the most up to date data from the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), American Community Survey, and the U.S. Census Bureau. Click here to access Oregon data: Oregon Housing Data

Columbia River Highway centennial exhibit

May 27th, 2016

2016 is the centennial year for the Columbia River Highway.  The State Library’s exhibit “A Poem in Stone” celebrates the anniversary with historic images, and a variety of items from the Library’s collection.  Visit the exhibit 8:00-5:00, Monday-Friday, on the second floor of the State Library.  For more information about the Columbia River Highway, visit the companion digital exhibit.

Digital Oregon state maps

April 11th, 2016

With the help of Oregon Department of Transportation’s Geographic Information Services, the State Library has added digital copies of Oregon state maps to the Oregon Documents Repository.  The digital copies begin with the 1919 edition, and most include the beautiful and varied covers (scroll down to see them).  We’re grateful to the folks at ODOT, and happy to make this important resource available.

Safari Books Now Available

January 29th, 2016

State employees now have access to the online database Safari Books through the State Employee Information Center Research Tools site. This resource contains  thousands of technology and business books, from publishers including O’Reilly, Microsoft Press, and others. Login to Safari with your UserID and PIN, then create an account using your state email address.

Questions? Contact or call 503-378-8800

American Community Survey: 5-year data release covers 2010-2014

January 6th, 2016

Newly released 5-year estimates from ACS for local community data of social, economic and demographic characteristics. View 2014 state ranking tables based on 89 different demographic, social, economic, and housing measures. Click here to access the ACS: American Community Survey

OSL Receives Preservation Assistance Grant

December 18th, 2015

The Oregon State Library is pleased to announce that it has been selected to receive a Preservation Assistance Grant for Smaller Institutions from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The $5,981 grant will be used to purchase archival (non-acidic, non-lignin) pamphlet binders and envelopes to rehouse more than 3,500 items from library’s Oregon history and culture collection which are in danger of deterioration in their current acidic enclosures (please see photos below). The rehousing project will be completed by members of the Government Information and Library Services division by the end of 2016.

The mission of the Oregon State Library is, in part, to provide “leadership and resources to continue growing vibrant library services” for “the Legislature and state government.” Maintaining a research-level library collection on the history and culture of Oregon is a key tool to support the work of state elected officials and state agencies. With more than 70,000 titles, the Oregon history and culture collection has items from as early as 1789 to the present day and covers all phases of Oregon history: from early exploration and Old “Oregon Country,” the Territorial period, and statehood to recent events in the 21st century. The collection contains monographs, journals, magazines, newsletters, pamphlets, maps, ephemera, and a small number of audio-visual items. The materials are available to state government agencies and officials, and to the general public during Government Room hours (Monday to Friday, 1-4 p.m.).




Here are two examples of deteriorating, acidic enclosures currently housing items from the Oregon State Library Oregon history and culture collection. These will be replaced by non-acidic, archival-grade envelopes and pamphlet binders purchase with money from the Preservation Assistance Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

December 2015 issue of State Legislators Magazine

December 15th, 2015

The December issue of State Legislators, from the NCSL, is online.

Two articles of particular interest:

By Rich Williams
Discord among Americans on the nature of policing has law enforcement officials, community leaders and lawmakers searching for solutions.

By Larry Morandi
Extreme weather and limited resources complicate the West’s battle against devastating drought and wildfires.

Click here for access to the entire edition.

New Site: Oregon’s Road to 4 Million

November 18th, 2015

The PSU Population Research Center announces a new website, Oregon’s Road to 4 Million, to coincide with the release of the Preliminary July 1, 2015 Population Estimates. Oregon’s Population is crossing the 4,000,000 threshold for the first time.

Oregon’s Road to 4 Million provides the historic and current demographic context for Oregon’s population growth.  Data covers age, gender, race, ethnicity, place of birth, regions and county population change. This site works best in Firefox or Chrome.  Mobile devices are not recommended, due to re-sizing constraints. Click here to access Oregon’s Road to 4 Million.

Oregon’s Veterans Population, 2015

November 10th, 2015

In honor of Veteran’s Day 2015 the US Census Bureau has released a set of info-graphics showing maps and statistics about veterans living in the 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.  To learn more about Oregon’s Veterans please click here.  To find information on other states, click here.