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The State Library Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Library. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The State Library Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Oregon State Library. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

he Oregon State Library (OSL) is responsible for providing quality information services to state government, quality library services to blind and print-disabled Oregonians, and leadership, grants and other assistance to improve library service for all Oregonians. It was established as the Oregon Library Commission in 1905, becoming the Oregon State Library in 1913. Since its founding, the library has been governed by an independent board of trustees. The present board consists of nine members from throughout the state who are appointed by the governor.

OSL has occupied the State Library building on the Capitol Mall since 1939. The library staff of about 40 is organized into an operations division and three program divisions.

The Government Information and Library Services Division provides research and reference assistance to state government and to persons on official state business. Specialized collections include federal and state government publications and a comprehensive collection of materials about Oregon. The library also provides public access to Oregon state government documents.

The Library Support and Development Services Division includes planning for statewide library development, providing equal access to information resources for K–12 students through the Oregon School Library Information System, collecting and reporting library statistics and administering state and federal library grant programs. Current priorities are improving early literacy services to children in public libraries and facilitating access to library services for all Oregonians.

The Oregon Talking Book and Braille Library is the Oregon Regional Library for the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the blind and physically handicapped. Oregonians who are unable to read standard print because of a visual or physical disability are eligible for free library services. Books and magazines are available in audio format and in Braille.


Contact Information

Mailing Address: 250 Winter St. NE, Salem 97301-3950
Telephone: 503-378-4243
Fax: 503-585-8059
Contact: MaryKay Dahlgreen, State Librarian
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: MaryKay Dahlgreen
Records Officer Email: MaryKay Dahlgreen
Staff Directory from
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps

Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS Chapter 357
Budget Analysis (PDF) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu

Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (PDF) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (PDF) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog