Complete online Oregonian archives now available from Multnomah County Library

PORTLAND, Ore. — July 27, 2010 — Multnomah County Library now features the only publicly available, complete full-text digitized archive of The Oregonian newspaper. Multnomah County Library cardholders can now access every article, editorial, illustration, photograph and advertisement published in The Oregonian between 1861 and 1972. By the end of this year, the archive will include all editions up to 1987.

Multnomah County Library is the only source for free access to this archive and all associated features. Previously, total access to this vast resource for Oregon history was available only by paying a monthly subscription fee to NewsBank, the service provider.

The Oregonian Historical Archive is a web-based database resource. There is no additional software, login, or other requirements for use. The archive can be searched by date, keyword, era and by several article types. Articles can be printed, e-mailed and downloaded — all for free. Access to this resource, like most of the library’s electronic resources, is limited to library cardholders and in-library guests. A library card number and PIN is all that is needed to access the database from outside of a library location. There is unlimited simultaneous use for both in-library and remote users. The archive can be accessed in the library's online catalog by searching under title or keyword "Oregonian"; it can also be found in the Research section of the library's website under "The Oregonian Historical Archive." A direct link to the archive is provided here.

"The library is committed to removing barriers to access for our patrons," said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. "As the only institution to make this invaluable historical record available to the public for free, we believe this resource will benefit everyone in our community, including students and scholars, families researching genealogy, historians, sports enthusiasts and the simply curious. We look forward to this incredible tool helping open new doors of discovery."

About Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house about 700 computer search stations for the public and a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services.