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UW Libraries Operations Updates

UW Bothell and UW Tacoma Libraries may have different reopening plans based on individual campus readiness.
Check campus library websites for the most accurate information.

Updated 10/19/21

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will Libraries expand hours?/Why can't Libraries expand more hours now that autumn quarter has started?

Hours of operation for all Libraries (including evenings and weekends for Suzzallo and Allen Libraries) will be limited until sufficient staff are hired and trained to fill the number of open positions required to expand hours. Like many public-facing service organizations, the pandemic caused a monumental reduction to human resources in the Libraries as well as many other units across campus, and hiring is a critical priority. Learn more.

  • What’s open and when? With the exception of Odegaard Undergraduate Library, most libraries will be operating in a limited capacity (Monday-Friday) to start. Hours will expand as sufficient staff are hired. The following is a summary of current hours; please check individual Library hours first to confirm before visiting:
        • Gallagher Law Library see web site for hours; limited to the UW Law community only (students, staff, faculty) until further notice.

      New Policies

      • Libraries are not designated eating locations at this time. Per UW Environmental Health and Safety, please follow new guidelines for eating in designated spaces on campus. See designated/open locations for eating indoors at https://hfs.uw.edu/Eat
      • Appointments now required for most services: While information desks will be open with staff,  most services inside the libraries including visiting Special Collectionsmedia and digital scholarship services will require an appointment.
      • Group visits and tours: No group visits, tours or orientations including K-12 visitors through autumn quarter (January 1, 2022.)

      New Services

          Access for Graduating Students and Non-UW Affiliates (no current Husky Card)

          • Graduating students retain off-campus access to online library collections and databases using Husky OnNet or the off-campus proxy until the second consecutive quarter (excluding Summer) in which you are not enrolled.
          • Users with valid UW Libraries borrowing card/privileges: If you do not have a Husky Card, you can still request books from any UW Library with your UW NetID for pick-up at UW Libraries open to the public.

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