Can I still use the library after I graduate?
Yes! Alumni are encouraged to continue using the OCOM Library post-graduation. In addition to continuing to check out materials from OCOM, Alumni can use any of our subscription databases while on-campus; off-use access to subscription databases is limited to current students, staff and faculty.
How do I get a library card?
If you still have your school ID badge, that will continue to be your library card. If you do not have a badge, alumni may request a free library card by visiting us in person. We are located in the heart of Portland's Old Town neighborhood at 75 NW Couch Street.
Can I use the library computers?
Yes, alumni may use the Library computers. Due to the limited number of computer stations, guest access is awarded at the discretion of Library staff. OCOM students have priority for computer use, and other users may be asked to give up their seats if students need to use a computer.
Alumni may print using the library photocopier or printers; the cost is $0.10 per page and is due before leaving the library. Alumni may not add printing charges to their library accounts.
Can I use the library databases?
Alumni are welcome to use library subscription databases while on-campus, though remote access to these databases are reserved to current students, staff and faculty. For alumni who cannot visit the OCOM Library and take advantage of the on-site databases, we recommend using Pubmed to search for journal articles, as it is free to the public. Alumni Association Members can pair Pubmed with our Loansome Doc service, which allows you to request article citations found in Pubmed to be emailed to you.
Can you email me a journal article?
Alumni Association Members may request articles via the Loansome Doc service. By creating a Loansome Doc account, users with a valid OCOM library card can search for articles in Pubmed and request them from the OCOM Library. This service is free to members of OCOM's Alumni Association at no charge. Click here to learn more about Loansome Doc.
Can I place a hold on a book from one of the PAHL libraries?
Unfortunately, no. This service is reserved for current students, staff and faculty (including teaching assistants).
I live out of state. Can you mail me a book?
The OCOM Library does not ship books directly to alumni, only to other libraries, so you will need to find a library close to you that provides interlibrary loan services. If you would like to check out items from OCOM Library but do not live in the Portland-metro area, you may place an interlibrary loan request with your local public library, making sure to note that OCOM carries the item you are looking for. We will then ship the item out for you to pick up at your local library. Most public libraries offer this service free of charge. If you live near a school a school of acupuncture (or other medical field), check with them as they may have practitioner accounts available.
Please contact us if you have any questions!