UNST High School Senior Inquiry: About the Library

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History of the Building

The Branford Price Millar Library was first built in 1966 and originally consisted of a rectangular structure oriented roughly north and south along the east side of 10th Avenue. The striking architecture of the eastern portion, a convex wall of glass, was added in 1989 and reflects the environmental awareness of this Pacific Northwest university. The eastern addition was designed to surround, rather than replace, an ancient copper beech tree. The Copper Beech (Fagus sylvatica f. purpurea) tree in front of the Library was designated a Portland Heritage Tree by the Portland City Council in 1995. It was planted in about 1890.

User Rights & Responsibilities

The Portland State University Library welcomes all users, including PSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni as well as community guests. The Library supports learning, teaching, research, and community engagement through a variety of services, resources, spaces, and equipment support. Library staff provide knowledgeable, courteous, and effective service and respect individuals’ intellectual freedom and privacy.

The Library asks everyone to treat Library staff and other Library users with courtesy and to respect the privacy of others.

The Library welcomes service animals; pets, however, are not allowed. We also welcome children who are supervised by a responsible adult.

Please leave bicycles outside the Library building. Appropriate attire (including shirt and shoes) is required.

Beverages in covered containers are allowed, as are snacks. If you notice food or drink spills or broken equipment or technology, please alert a member of the Library staff.

Because the Library is a shared place, make sure to secure your belongings. Please avoid disrupting or distracting others.

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors must comply with PSU Policies and Codes of Conduct.

We hope you find the Library to be a gateway to information as well as a comfortable place to research. If you have questions about user rights and responsibilities, please contact Library Administration.