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About the Media Center: Location, Equipment, Staff...

Location and Contact Information

Suzzallo Library, 3rd floor
Box 352900
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2900

phone: 206-543-6051
email: medialib@uw.edu or use the request form

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History & Mission

The UW Libraries Media Center was founded in 1972 on the mezzanine level of Odegaard Undergraduate Library. In June 2012 the Media Center departed Odegaard to make way that library's renovation. It found a new home on the 3rd floor of Suzzallo Library.

Since its inception the Media Center has collected and provided access to media on a variety of film, video, and sound recording formats: 8-track, laser discs, reel-to-reel tapes, vinyl, DVD, streaming. Despite the mercurial nature of media formats, the Media Center remains dedicated to carrying out the UW Libraries' [slightly modified] mission:

To advance intellectual discovery and enrich the quality of life by connecting people with [audio/video/film] knowledge.

Equipment & Facilities

The recently opened mediArcade provides UW students, staff, and faculty with access to suite of media viewing, listening, and editing equipment. The Media Center also continues to support a handful of media viewing equipment available outside its service desk in Suzzallo Library. This equipment is intended for use by UW students, staff, and faculty for the viewing of and listening to Media Center materials.

Our Archival Jukebox, which includes recordings from the Chamber Dance Company Collection, Crocodile Cafe Collection, and the Media Center's CD collection, is now located outside the mediArcade.

    The Media Center also lends the following equipment to UW students, staff, and faculty for 7 days at a time:

    • DVD/VCR Combo player
    • Region-Free DVD player



      The Media Center is staffed by 4 FTE and many dedicated students. Staff members include:

      Amy Halligan
      Library Supervisor
      apx [at] uw [dot] edu

      Heather Spence
      Library Tech Lead
      starr13 [at] uw [dot] edu

      John Vallier
      Archivist & Head of Distributed Media
      vallier [at] uw [dot] edu

      Andrew Weaver
      Digital & Archival Media Tech
      weevz [at] uw [dot] edu