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Watzek Library Response to COVID-19: Remote Students


Students who are not on campus still have a variety of options for access to library materials as well as research support.

Library materials can be accessed through a combination of methods: receiving items by mail (fully remote students only), searching within Watzek's electronic resources, requesting the purchase of ebooks, and requesting articles and book chapters through interlibrary loan for electronic delivery.

Library staff are available virtually to help you navigate options for access, and to assist with any stage of your research.

Books By Mail

Faculty and students who live off campus and are completing all of their courses remotely can have up to ten library items (including Lewis & Clark, Summit, and interlibrary loan materials) mailed to their home address. Items will be delivered via USPS Priority Mail with pre-paid return postage included. We are only able to mail items within the United States.

Register for Home Delivery of Library Materials

Electronic Course Reserves

Check for ebook availability for your assigned texts on our Course Reserves page. Browse either by class or by instructor.

Electronic/Remote Resources

Use Primo to find a broad array of electronically available resources. Use the search box below to find only electronic results:


Google Scholar is another powerful tool for finding academic literature. If using Google Scholar from an off-campus location, be sure to configure your settings to show library access links for Lewis & Clark College.

Specialized Resources

Find resources more narrowly tailored to a subject or specific course through the following links, especially on the Databases tab of most guides:

A complete list of Watzek's databases may be found through the A-Z list, below. Specific types of remote resources may be viewed through the second link.

Request Ebook Purchase

Interlibrary Loan Requests

Articles and book chapters may be requested and provided as PDFs. A short video (time: 2:24) shows the process of requesting an article by interlibrary loan in Primo, the library catalog.

Remote Research Support

Schedule a consultation with a librarian for help with research papers and projects, or choose a subject specialist librarian to set up an appointment. Once your request has been received, we'll be in touch with specifics about a virtual meeting.


Chat with a librarian by clicking the "chat" button in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. If the button doesn't appear, no one is currently available to chat.


E-mail a librarian at


Call a research librarian at 503-768-7285. Leave a message if the reference desk is closed or we are away from the phone.

Off-Campus Research Strategies

  • Ask a librarian to help you figure out what will work in your particular situation. Options for contacting Watzek staff are listed above.
  • Use your public library. Beyond print books, many provide access to ebooks, streaming media, and databases (probably a bit different than Watzek's collection of databases, potentially useful for research). Even if your library is physically closed, electronic resources are likely still available.
    • A number of large public libraries extend some services beyond their immediate geographic area to include residents of the state (Multnomah County Library, Los Angeles Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, Denver Public Library, Hawaii State Public Library System, New York Public Library).
  • Multnomah County Library has recently introduced fully online applications for library cards that allow access to its electronic resources.
    • Similar programs are in place at a number of other large public library systems, including the Los Angeles Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, Denver Public Library, New York Public Library, and Chicago Public Library. Residency requirements may be stricter for these types of cards.
  • It may sometimes be effective to contact an individual author to request that a version of the article be shared with you.