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Friends of the UW Libraries Accounts and Privileges

For questions regarding your library account, contact Library Account Services at or 206-543-1174.

Library Card

Get Your UW Libraries Card to check out items

  • The following is required to receive a library card:
    • Proof of your qualifying donation to the Friends of the Libraries through a letter from UW Libraries, a gift receipt from the University of Washington Foundation or an email receipt from an online donation
    • Valid government issued photo ID
  • Accounts expire annually; ID verification required to renew accounts


30 item limit, generally with a 4 week checkout period; loan periods vary among libraries and material type

Track Due Dates & Renew Materials

Your Library Account

  • Library Account Services will issue you a guest UW NetID to login
  • You should regularly check your online account, as you are responsible for all items checked out to it and fines will accrue on overdue items.
  • Most UW-owned materials can be renewed indefinitely unless/until they are requested by someone else or the account expires.

Access Databases, E-Journals, E-Books, etc. from Off-Campus?


Access to On-Campus Libraries


  • Some campus Libraries buildings are open only to current UW students, faculty, and staff. Please check the Libraries & Hours page for specific libraries’ access policies.

Change of Address

Report address changes to Library Account Services, 206-543-1174.

Additional Fee-Based Services

Interlibrary Loan and Scanning Services