Clark Memorial Library

About the Library

Library facilities and staff.

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Contact the library by phone Phone: (740) 351- 3255

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Clark Memorial Library

Clark Memorial Library a center for learningThanks to the generosity of a Portsmouth family, the Shawnee State University Board of Trustees in October of 1997 named its library the Clark Memorial Library.  It is dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde W. Clark, long time Portsmouth residents and supporters of the University.

Mr. Clark was born in 1896. He, along with William A. Burke and James B. Miller, purchased controlling interest in the then-named Ohio Stove Company, which subsequently became OSCO Industries, Inc. Mr. Clark served the company as its chief financial officer and secretary from 1943 to 1975 and then continued on its board of directors until his death in 1975.

Mrs. Clark was also the major donor of the Clark Planetarium on the Shawnee State campus which has provided educational support for university students and astronomy programs for the community since 1998.

Library Hours

Holidays & Days Closed
Easter Sunday - April, 16 - 4:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Memorial Day - May 29
Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - September 4

Summer Hours
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Break Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed

Semester Hours
Monday – Thursday – 7:30 am - 10:45 pm
Friday – 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The Bear Cave

The Bear Cave is a hybrid study space for students, faculty, and staff.  The Bear Cave features 12 computers, a printer, and power supplies to charge laptops and cell phones. The Bear Cave is sponsored by the Student Government Association.  SGA advocated for a student study space with extended hours and we are happy to meet this need.

The Bear Cave is open regular library hours during semester breaks and summer semester.

The Bear Cave hours during Fall and Spring semester are:

Noon on Sunday to 10:45 pm on Thursday
Friday - 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday - 8:30 am - 4:30 pm