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About the Libraries

The University of Washington Libraries

  • welcomes over 5 million users annually to 16 libraries on three campuses and one island from Friday Harbor to UW Tacoma
  • provides 24/7 online reference help by partnering with academic libraries around the world
  • uses assessment tools with feedback from students, faculty and staff to shape collections and services
  • is home to the largest library collection in the Pacific Northwest with over 9 million books, journals, millions of microforms, thousands of maps, rare books, film, audio and video recordings
  • provides online access to thousands of academic ejournals, ebooks, databases, streamed audio and video, and datasets
  • supports the work of the University with world class collections that are particularly strong in STEM disciplines, Health Sciences, International Studies, Book Arts and Pacific Northwest history and culture
  • as well as other physical and online collections

collaborations and partnerships

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