Library Hours and Services

Detailed information about services at the Clark Memorial Library

Library Director

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Suzanne Johnson-Varney
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940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662


Welcome to the Clark Memorial Library Student and Faculty Services Guide. This guide will assist you in learning more about the library's services and resources available to the Shawnee State University community.

Faculty: Please click on the "Faculty Services' tab to see more services available specifically for faculty.

If you have any questions, please contact us. The contact information can be found in the "Contact Us" tab.

Important Note for Off-Campus Access:

For any problems accessing online library resources:

The library’s authentication process for logging in to online databases has moved to single sign-on through ITS. Therefore, if you are signed into Blackboard or MySSU, you will be automatically logged into online library resources.

 If you are unable to log in, you may have an expired single sign-on password. Please fill out an ITS Get Help form with any issues ( or visit the ITS Service Desk on the bottom floor of the library. 

For any questions, contact ITS at 740-351-3538.

Library Hours


Days Closed

December 16th, 2023 through January 2nd, 2024  (Holidays Closure)

Monday, January 15th, 2024.  (Martin Luther King Day)

Monday, May 27th, 2024.  (Memorial Day)

Wednesday, June 19th, 2024.  (Juneteenth)

Monday July 1st - Friday July 5th, 2024 (July 4th Holidays)

Monday, September 2nd, 2024.  (Labor Day)




Clark Memorial Library History

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.