Blue Sky (also known as the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts) is primarily a gallery space whose mission is to showcase both new and established photographers. Their downtown Portland location also houses a library, though, and for that reason I took a few minutes away from my (unofficial) brewpub tour to check them out. I may have missed a few beers, but it was definitely worth it!
The library is small, but bright and invitingly organized around a large table well-suited to the opening of hefty photography books. The collection spans a variety of photography-related topics: individual photographers, photography theory, and even technical manuals. All are well-labeled and easy to identify. While the small library’s collection does not circulate, the gallery staff welcomed me warmly to the library and left me to peruse the materials without interruption for quite some time. For anyone with an interest in photography, the Blue Sky Library and Resource Center seems like both a great resource and a wonderful, quiet place to study.
For more information about the library, visit their website at http://www.blueskygallery.org/resources/library/