Clark Memorial Library

About the Library

Library facilities and staff.

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

Contact the library by text Text: (740) 313-4333

Contact the library by email Email: ssulibrary@shawnee.edu

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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
May 28th - Memorial Day
July 4th - Independence Day
September 3rd - Labor Day
October 4 & 5 - Fall Break (library open 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Closed Saturday, October 6th, Open Sunday, October 7th 4-Midnight)
November 12th - Veterans Day
November 21st - Thanksgiving Break; no classes; university open, library open 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
November 22nd - November 24th - Thanksgiving Break; Library closed
November 25th - Thanksgiving Break; Library open 4:00 pm - Midnight
December 24th & 25th - Christmas Holiday
December 26th - 31st - Winter Break
January 1st - New Year's holiday

Semester Hours
Monday – Thursday – 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Friday – 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Sunday - Noon - Midnight

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

The Bear Cave

Summer Semester 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

The Bear Cave is open 24/7 during fall and spring semesters.  It is open regular library hours during breaks and summer semester.Students, faculty, and staff can enter with a swipe of their Bear Card.

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.