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Oregon Historical Society's celebrated (and remodeled) reading room finally returns to its pre-pandemic hours, Tuesday to Saturday, no appointment necessary

COURTESY PHOTO: ANDIE PETKUS/OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY - The Oregon Historical Society research library has resumed its pre-pandemic hours.

The pandemic is over. The Oregon Historical Society announced Tuesday that its research library has resumed its pre-pandemic hours. Researchers are now welcome to visit the library on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m to 5 p.m., no appointment needed.

The library is situated above the Oregon Historical Society's museum at 1200 SW Park Ave. It is across the south park blocks from the Portland Art Museum. The library preserves the world's largest collection of Oregon-related materials, documenting the people, places, and events that have shaped Oregon's history.

Users can also access the digital stacks through OHS's digital collections and {obj:66068: digital history resources.}

"Through a multi-year renovation and a global pandemic, OHS's library staff have continued to serve researchers and make our collections accessible through remote services and individual appointments," said OHS Library Director Shawna Gandy. "After nearly three years, we are excited to once again resume regular hours and open our doors to curious researchers from around the world looking to our collections to gain knowledge and perspective."

A highlight of the new space is the Pietro Belluschi Architectural Resource Center, which highlights the library's architectural collections and has a well-equipped meeting space for instruction.

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