Portland Community College is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 39 academic libraries in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. PCC credit students, staff and faculty can borrow more than 27 million items from other Alliance libraries by using Summit, the consortial catalog. The Alliance membership greatly increases access to a rich and varied collection of materials.
PCC Library provides a collection of books, media, and music that directly support College programs. Items are available in a number of formats and the collection includes a wide range of e-books and streaming videos. In addition to materials related to the curriculum, the Library collects popular fiction, music and films. The collection development statement provides details about the selection process. The Library invites the College community to submit requests for purchase at any time. Find out about borrowing from the library collections.
Faculty can submit course reserves to ensure that their students have access to course materials through PCC Library. Items placed on reserve may include textbooks, books, videos, and more. Learn more about course reserves.
Periodicals & article databases
Each campus library has a collection of print periodicals, journals and magazines. PCC Library also provides access to a large number of articles and online content through article databases.
Librarians at PCC create research guides for every program at the College. These guides are collections of resources that help students and faculty begin the research process.
The Library maintains a small archive of College-related historical documents. This collection is available to view upon request.
PCC Library’s special collections include Art in the Library, the African Film Collection, the Jackson Collection, a digital celebration of the College’s 50th Anniversary, and more.