Animals in the library

Documented service animals are allowed in the library. Other animals are not allowed in the library.

Collection Development Policy

The Albert Solheim Library collection is developed primarily to meet the educational needs of the Undergraduate and Graduate students of Pacific Northwest College of Art. In keeping with our role as a College of art, craft, and design, the collections focus on all aspects of visual culture and its relationship to the arts. The collections emphasize scholarship on the major participants, perspectives, events, and trends of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and the critical discourse surrounding these activities. Library collections are in continual development, including the acquisition and deselection of materials; subject strengths will vary over time mirroring the diverse information-seeking needs of our patrons. We recognize that many important voices and perspectives have historically been–and continue to be–omitted from the discourse of scholarship and strive to build our collection in ways that counteract the effect these omissions have on our community’s understanding of the world.

View our complete Collection Development Policy (Google doc)

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Computer and Internet Use

Library computers are intended to support the mission of our library and the educational needs of the PNCA community. Library computer use is restricted to the PNCA community. The PNCA community includes visitors touring the college with the Admissions staff, family of students, models, and visiting artists. This status will be conferred at the discretion of library staff. Guest access to PNCA library computers is limited to one hour.

Guest Computer Use
Library computers are provided for the use of PNCA students, faculty, and staff. Guest library computer use is restricted to the PNCA community and is intended as a courtesy for one-time use. The PNCA community includes visitors to the college with the Admissions staff, alumni, family of students, models, and visiting artists. This status will be conferred at the discretion of library staff. Guest access to PNCA library computers is limited to one hour and does not include printing privileges. Computers must be yielded to student use.

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PNCA’s Albert Solheim Library appreciates the value of gifts to the library and recognizes that gift materials can be useful and valuable resources for the library’s collections. We gratefully accept gifts of materials that are in good condition and also fit with our Collection Development Policy (Google Doc). Please be sure that all books are undamaged and free of mold, mildew, and odors. Materials that are not added to the collection may be offered to the PNCA community.

Magazines: we are only accepting magazine donations of titles in our collection that are missing issues.

Please contact library staff to discuss your proposed donation; we will not accept any donation without prior approval. We do not accept donations with restrictions. Please see our donation policies for more information.

If you have a proposed donation, please contact us at or 503-821-8966.

Alternatives in Portland to donate books (and often magazines):
Friends of the Library, Multnomah County Library
Books to Prisoners – Portland

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Noise and Other Disturbing Behavior

The Albert Solheim Library seeks to provide a safe, secure and welcoming environment with facilities suitable for reading, studying and other activities associated with teaching and research. Any behaviors that interfere with the shared use of library resources or infringe upon the rights of library users or staff are not permitted. These behaviors include, but are not limited to, the creation of excessive noise, harassment of patrons, visitors, or library staff in person or via email or phone, vending, soliciting, petitioning, posting and/or distributing materials without permission. If noise or other behavior becomes distracting for library patrons or staff, those creating the distraction may be asked to modify their behavior (be quieter, etc.), stop the behavior, or to leave temporarily or permanently.

If you decide to have a meeting or presentation in the library, please keep in mind that the library reserves the right to maintain a calm, peaceful environment.

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Photography and Filming in the Library

Photography and filming in the Albert Solheim Library in the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design at Pacific Northwest College of Art is restricted to those in the PNCA community, with permission from library staff.

This policy is in keeping with the Mission of the Albert Solheim Library, which supports the curricular, creative, and research needs of the PNCA community and our adherence to the ALA Code of Ethics, especially as it relates to the protection of each library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.

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Unattended Children in the Library

The Albert Solheim Library provides an environment for research and scholarship in support of the academic programs of Pacific Northwest College of Art. Children are welcome under the following conditions:

  • A parent or adult caregiver must accompany children under the age of 14.
  • Parents and adult caregivers are responsible for the conduct of the children under their supervision and must monitor their activities and behavior while they are in the Library.
  • Library staff cannot oversee unescorted or unsupervised children, nor be responsible for their safety. If an unescorted child comes to the attention of Library personnel, staff will evaluate the situation and try to contact a parent or caregiver at the Library. If the adult responsible for the child’s welfare is not present, a staff member will contact PNCA Security to report the situation and seek assistance.

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