Founded in 1887, Occidental is a small, highly selective and diverse liberal arts college in Eagle Rock, a creative and vibrant neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles. The distinctive interdisciplinary and multicultural focus of the College’s academic program seeks to foster both the fulfillment of individual aspirations and a deeply rooted commitment to the public good. The College is distinguished by excellence in teaching and research, undergraduate research, institutional partnerships, and community engagement both locally and globally. Deep collaborative partnerships with local institutions such as Caltech and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the Huntington Library, the Autry Museum of the American West, and Art Center College of Design provide faculty and students with incomparable research opportunities. The small size of the campus, yet wide access to the resources of Los Angeles and the world, make Occidental College intimate in scale but infinite in scope.
The Mary Norton Clapp Library at Occidental College opened on Founder’s Day in April 1924. The building was expanded in 1955 and again in 1971, bringing the total square footage to 107,000. An ever-evolving space, the building serves as the campus’ Academic Commons, bringing together students, faculty and staff with access to extensive technology, innovative programming and services, flexible learning and teaching spaces, peer tutoring and research support, in addition to digital, material and human resources.