Located on the north side of the campus beside the Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson Thesis Studios, the Library is accessible from the lower level entrance. The Library houses a vibrant and growing collection of over 12,000 books and 90 periodicals on craft and fine art. It is a participating member of the Washington County Cooperative Library System (WCCLS), a public network allowing access to a general collection of over a million volumes. Materials owned by other WCCLS member libraries may be requested and delivered to the College via courier at no cost. Students also have access to a variety of art-related subscription databases and resources available online. Those online resources include periodical indexes, as well as digital image and visual art resources. Other online resources are provided on the Library website: library.ocac.edu.
The standard checkout period for library books, videos, and DVDs is 21 days. Exceptions to this are reserve books, which circulate for either one, three or seven days. Reference texts, the non-circulating collection, some reserve materials, and periodicals may not be checked out. OCAC students do not accrue overdue fines for late OCAC materials or items from other WCCLS member libraries; however, students will not be able to check out materials if: 1) any item is overdue and cannot be renewed, or 2) any damaged material charges or replacement charges exist on their library account.
NOTE: If any item(s) is/are over 25 days overdue, the patron’s record is billed for its replacement. To maintain borrowing privileges, please return or renew materials by (or before) their due date either by calling the Library, talking to a Library staff member, or managing your account online at wccls.org.
The College is a member of ARTStor, where our students’ thesis images, faculty work, and teaching collections are housed online. Please contact the director of library services for details about this collection, and for access to our other online databases.
The HOFFMAN GALLERY
The Hoffman Gallery is named after Julia Hoffman, who, in 1907, founded the precursor of today's Oregon College of Art and Craft. In supporting the college's educational mission, the Hoffman Gallery at OCAC reflects current trends and conversation in the arts and expands the critical discourse around craft and making for the campus and the larger community. It features the work of regional, national, and international artists and makers, including special exhibitions of OCAC students and faculty.
In addition, there are two more exhibiting spaces on the OCAC campus: The CENTRUM LAB GALLERY and SHOP@OCAC. The Centrum Lab Gallery provides a showcase for student and alumni work highlighting the College’s curriculum. In support of the College’s mission, The Shop@OCAC offers the work of regional artists for sale. The Shop’s mission is to inform and educate OCAC community and the public at large of the significance of making. The objects and items in the SHOP@OCAC represent the high standards of excellence taught and the exceptional quality of work produced at the College.
CENTRUM COMPUTER LAB
The student computer lab is located in the Centrum. Students are assigned a login and password for the lab. Equipment includes 15 Macintosh computers and a large capacity printer that is capable of full color prints up to 12”x18”. Each computer features internet access and assorted software programs such as Adobe Creative Cloud, MS Office, web browsers, and typical OS X software. A IT Administrator is available Monday-Thursday in the lab. The printer/copier, located inside the Centrum computer lab, is available for student use at a per-page rate.
THE CAFE AT OCAC - Nicoletta's Caffe
Nicoletta’s Caffé is a privately owned and operated business on OCAC’s campus where healthy, gourmet meals are prepared Monday through Friday. The menu provides the freshest, seasonal, local ingredients and offers salads, entrees, sandwiches, soups, and fresh baked desserts daily. Vegetarian and vegan options are available daily. Students are eligible to receive a 10% discount on regularly priced menu items. The Cafe also offers a student-only menu that includes ‘grab and go’ options.
The lounge is located in the Fibers area in the Centrum Building and features sofas, workspace, a microwave, and mini-refrigerator, as well as student mailboxes and information about events. Students may use the area to relax, eat, and study. Students may display their work in the lounge by making arrangements with Student Services.
All student mail, including inter-campus mail, is distributed through student mailboxes located at the Front Desk in the Centrum Building. Students are encouraged to check their mailboxes frequently and remove outdated mail.
WiFi internet access is available on campus; look for the OCAC-PUBLIC wireless connection. Use of peer-to-peer sharing software such as BitTorrent on campus WiFi or lab computers is strictly forbidden and can result in loss of privileges and/or disciplinary action.
All individuals may access the facility that corresponds to their gender identity and/or expression.
OCAC also provides all-gender, single-user facilities in the following buildings:
- Admissions/Student Services
- Library Building
- MFA in Craft Studio
- Metals Studio
- Wood Studio
- Ceramics Studio
BICYCLES ON CAMPUS
The bicycle rack is located in the lower parking lot, below the Metals building. Bikes may not be parked in any other location on campus. Students should use a U-lock when parked, even if only for a few minutes. There are bike lanes from and to the College for the Sunset Transit station.
OCAC is committed to and working toward becoming a carbon neutral institution. The College has installed energy efficient roofs, lighting and windows, introduced native landscaping, and works to eliminate chemicals that may harm the environment, as well as taking steps to reduce unnecessary printing.
Studio School students are those, over 18 years old who are enrolled in Studio School Program, continuing education for adults, offered by the Community Programs.. Non-degree students enrolled in program classes are “non-matriculating” . The College has a long history to support continuing education in art and craft, and many regional artists began their careers in the Studio School program. Introductory through advanced level classes offer students of varying experience opportunities to explore or refine their skills in the OCAC studios.
The year-round Studio School classes and workshops provide educational enrichment for full-time students, as well as those from the community. Visiting artists from around the world teach 2-5 day workshops, covering specific media and techniques that supplement the core curricula of the College. See the current Studio School schedule online at ocac.edu.
Some Studio School classes that run 30 hours or more are offered for credit for degree seeking students (as indicated in the Studio School schedule). BFA and Certificate students may take up to three credits of Studio School classes to fulfill studio elective credit requirement per the consent of their advisor.
All BFA, Certificate and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students may receive up to 15% tuition discount when they take Studio School classes and workshops for non-credit. Studio School scholarships and discounts do not apply to tuition for workshops or classes taken for credit.
The OCAC Artists-in-Residence program has been a hallmark of the institution for over 35 years. Bringing established and emerging artists, designers, writers and makers from around the world to OCAC to focus on their work in our excellent studios, the Artists-in-Residence contribute to the vibrancy of the campus discourse and add to the unique educational collaboration among faculty and students that is OCAC.