University of Utah Libraries join the OCLC Research Library Partnership

The University of Utah Libraries—including the J. Willard Marriott Library, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, and the James E. Faust Law Library—have joined the OCLC Research Library Partnership.

The J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah is the flagship academic library for the Utah State System of Higher Education and the largest state-funded academic library in the six-state region of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. As the primary service hub and destination for students at this research-intensive university, the Marriott Library is integral to the teaching, research, and public life missions of the University of Utah, serving more than 35,000 students, approximately 20,000 faculty and staff, and researchers from throughout the world. Library holdings include over 4.4 million volumes (print and electronic) and over 400 unique digital collections containing more than 1 million photographs, maps, books, audio recordings, newspaper articles, and other items.

Important special collections cover Utah, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the West and include extensive science, engineering, medical, legal archives, and the Ski and Snow Sports Archives—one of the largest of its kind globally. The library also holds over one million historical photographs and extensive film collections. The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library serves the university’s health campus, including the School of Medicine and the College of Nursing, amongst other units. The James E. Faust Law Library serves the students and faculty of the S.J. Quinney College of Law.   

“OCLC Research has long been a hub of collaboration and learning opportunities. I’m very pleased that the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library is a part of this organization and can take full advantage of the expertise and collaborative projects offered,” said Sarah Shreeves, Alice Sheets Marriott Dean of Libraries.

The OCLC RLP supports focused programming and research in four areas crucial to research libraries:

  • Research support
  • Unique and distinctive collections
  • Resource sharing
  • Next generation metadata

Across these four areas, the RLP seeks to support libraries through the challenges of COVID-19 and to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The RLP currently comprises 124 Partner institutions around the world.

Visit to learn more about the OCLC Research Library Partnership.