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Faculty Guidance 2022

Updated 3/16/2022

UW Libraries offers a wide range of teaching and research support, tools, and resources. This guide provides a basic overview of services and resources. When in doubt, ASK US. We’re here to help!

Textbooks and Course Materials (including Course Reserves)

Teaching Support

  • The Libraries provides teaching support including numerous asynchronous online workshop modules and videos you can embed into your course, covering topics like undergraduate research skills; library research sessions tailored to your course; and connections to campus partners focused on pedagogy and teaching technology.
  • Libraries Open Scholarship Commons (OSC): We can help you design and integrate open scholarship tools and concepts (e.g. podcasts, digital exhibits, data and copyright management and more) into any classroom setting. See also Research Tools below.
  • Workshops: The Libraries offers numerous workshops to support faculty.  From research and data management to open publishing, citation management and much more, check the Libraries Calendar, and/or subscribe to receive weekly summary of all Libraries events HERE.
  • Canvas: Contact your subject librarian for ideas on how to create and add custom content for an online Canvas course.

Research Tools

UW Libraries provides support for a number of tools that can help you throughout the research lifecycle, including data management, rights management, data visualization, digital publishing, scholarly profile development, and more. Get help and access to all of the available tools through the Libraries’ Open Scholarship Commons.

Subject Librarians

Our subject librarians are happy to assist with Libraries collections needs for research and teaching, and can provide tailored information sessions and individual and group consultations for students. In their roles they can also:

  • Purchase books and other material
  • Create a webpage or Canvas module tailored to your class assignment
  • Answer questions via email, phone, or Zoom
  • Act as a liaison in communicating your department's concerns and needs to Libraries Administration

Subject librarians also create and maintain disciplinary Research Guides.


  • Interlibrary Loan can deliver materials from almost any Library worldwide and Delivery to campus mailboxes is available.
  • Requests for new titles: We continue to welcome requests for new titles for the Libraries’ collections, which are referred to the appropriate subject librarian for review.
  • New print materials that have been ordered with a rush request will be processed as quickly as possible. Due to a backlog of materials received during the pandemic, processing may be delayed for new print materials with no rush request.

Spring Quarter Operations

  • Masks: UW Libraries follow all UW policies on masking - masks will be optional starting March 28. Masks will continue to be available at all Libraries public service desks.
  • Hours: Hours remain largely unchanged from winter quarter. Be sure to check current hours before your visit. See hours.
  • Special Collections is open to UW and the public, by appointment only M-F, and remote viewing via the virtual reading room.
  • Odegaard Undergraduate Library and the Health Sciences Library are open only to current UW students, faculty, and staff, and a current valid Husky Card is required for entry.

The Libraries Operations Updates page will always have the most up-to-date information on current hours and operations and available services.