Permanent Collections

The Library houses art in a variety of media, including painting, printing, sculpture, metal work, artists' books, ceramics, photography, and more. Many of the pieces are by students and faculty. The permenent collection is displayed year-round throughout the Library.  

Updegraff Typewriter Collection

Photo of the Emerson typewriter from the Updegraff Typewriter Collection

This typewriter collection, displayed on the main floor, represents a portion of Mr. Joe.M. Updegraff's collection. Mr. Updegraff was an instructor at Central Oregon Community College from 1966 to 1967. He acquired his first machine in 1941 when a student of his gave him an 1892 Smith-Premier #2 that had been found on a scap heap.

Until the time of his death in 1968, he had collected and restored over 250 machines from all over the United States, making it then the largest known private collection. Mr. Updegraff was a serious student of the history of the typewriter and had a large collection of references on the subject.

Student Artwork

Student artwork on display on the second floor of Barber Library

Every year, the Faculty Forum and Barber Library purchases artwork by COCC students. Student photographs, paintings, and sculptures can be seen on display on both the first and second floors.