Collections & Services
Reference & Instruction
The Pamela Yorks.offers reference service both in person or virtually. To schedule research consultation, bibliographic instruction sessions, or tours, contact
Staff at the Physics-Astronomy Reading Room circulation desk can:
- Check out library materials
- Renew loans
- Answer basic information questions
- Search for missing materials
- Place holds on items that are checked out
Use the online catalog on the Libraries' home page research databases to find books, periodicals, articles, media, and other resources. Computers located in the elevator corridor and in the reference area provide access. Current UW students, faculty, and staff can log in to all computers with UW NetID. Visitors will need to use the guest research station, but must yield to UW users who need to scan items.
- Books are shelved by call number in the General Stacks using the Library of Congress (LC) classification system.
- Bound periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title in the Periodicals stacks area. Unbound periodical issues are shelved on the display shelves in the Reading Room.
- Print reference materials such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks abstracts and statistical compilations are shelved in the Reference area.
- "Secure Area" materials may be checked out for the normal loan period. Request these books at the circulation desk.
You must have current University of Washington identification to borrow library materials. Individuals who do not have borrowing privileges can apply for a card at Library Account Services on the first floor of Suzzallo Library. Call 206-543-1174 for more information.
A copier is located in the northwest corner of the stack area. The copier requires a UW Husky card (current faculty, staff or students) or a Dawg Prints card (visitors). It will not accept coins or cash.
A scanner is located across from the elevator. A UW Husky card (current faculty, staff or students) or a Dawg Prints card (visitors) is required to print scanned items. There is no charge for uploading files to a memory device.
Printing is available via a "print release station" which sends files to the printer. The printer is located across from the elevator.
Access to the Physics/Astronomy Building is through the main entrance from the plaza. Lobby elevators provide access to the library on the sixth floor of the tower.
Users with disabilities can request assistance for book retrieval and help with library tools and resources at the circulation desk.