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Register & Borrow Materials

Borrowing from the State Library

Our collections are not open to the public and some of the fragile or historic materials must be viewed onsite. We recommend completing the appointment form so library staff can find and gather your materials. Click here to browse our catalog.

Oregonians with a current photo ID may check out circulating materials by:
  • Visiting the State Library Monday-Friday from 1pm until 4pm
  • Go to your local library to request and InterLibrary Loan

For more information, call us at 503-378-8800.

Request an appointment at the State Library

As the State Library re-opens to the public, we strongly encourage making an appointment to request materials or meet with library staff.  Staffing availability may not support immediate walk-ins.  To request an appointment, please fill out our form.  If you are unable to access this form please call 503-378-8800 or email for further assistance.

Getting a library card

Oregon residents may register to borrow items by presenting valid photo ID with their current address. 

Valid Photo ID types:

  • State of Oregon driver license, driver permit or ID card issued by DMV
  • Passport
  • Student ID card
  • Military ID card
  • Out-of-state driver license
  • Other ID may be accepted on a case-to-case basis and approval by the Program Manager

Documents used to verify address (must be issued within last 30 days):

  • Gas/electric bill
  • Water/sewer bill
  • Phone bill
  • Cable bill
  • Pay stub