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UW Libraries COVID-19 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.

Status: Updated 9/13/21

  • Most Libraries (except Health Sciences) are closed in preparation for the start of fall quarter. See "Reopening Dates" and "What is Available" below.
  • Curbside Pick-Up is available through 9/17: Anyone with borrowing privileges can check-out eligible UW items via the Libraries no-contact pick-up service. Pick-up service will resume in Suzzallo Library on 9/22.
  • Summit and Interlibrary Loan are filling requests for physical materials, in addition to articles and book chapters.
  • Group visits and tours: No group visits, tours or orientations including K-12 visitors through fall quarter (January 1, 2022.)
  • 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. Learn more.
  • End of extension for due dates and fines: See "Returning and Renewing Items" for new information on due dates and fines.

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Reopening Dates

    Plans are subject to change pending unit readiness (staffing, ability to implement new guidance from State/UW, etc.)  With the exception of Odegaard Library, most libraries will be operating in a limited capacity Monday-Friday to start. Hours will expand (including weekends) as sufficient student staff are hired. Always check the individual Library hours to confirm before visiting:

    • Odegaard Undergraduate Library: Monday, September 20 (UW Only)
      • UW Only: A current, valid Husky card will be required for entry to Odegaard for fall quarter as Libraries evaluates policy recommendations based on usage data and assessment.
      • Weekend hours start September 29th
    • UW Bothell and Tacoma Libraries: September 20th, see campus web sites for hours

    Why can’t the Libraries open more spaces now?

        • Staffing and hiring: The Libraries plan for a gradual transition from a majority remote workforce in spring/summer quarters back to a majority on-site workforce in fall quarter, in accordance with UW telework policy. The Libraries are actively recruiting student employees (a critical part of the Libraries workforce); however staffing back up to pre-covid levels will take time and services may be limited until we can adequately hire for these open positions.
          • Maintaining HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service is essential for hybrid and remote learning during summer quarter -- opening up spaces with access to physical materials would remove access to over 1 million electronic resources.

        What is available?

          • NO CONTACT PICK-UP SERVICE is available through 9/17. Anyone with a Husky Card or UW borrowers card can request and pick up items at each campus. Pick-up will resume inside the building on 9/22 when Suzzallo Library opens.
          • Online help:
            • Libraries staff are available 24/7 to help you find available resources, assist with research and answer questions. Just ASK US.
            • Virtual consultations and  "drop-in" help hours are available for writing and research, digital media tools/software, publishing and more. Learn more.
          • Interlibrary Loan: Summit and Interlibrary Loan requests for physical materials, including Summit materials are available, in addition to articles and book chapters.
          • Access to e-resources: UW Libraries provides a wide range of e-resources including temporary access to over 1 million additional electronic books and resources through our HathiTrust partnership.

        Returning and Renewing items:

          • Due dates: Due dates have been extended where possible. Exceptions include Summit, Interlibrary Loan and recalled items.  Overdue fines accrued between March 6, 2020 and the day the Libraries re-open will be cancelled. Due dates will stop being extended once the Libraries open for fall quarter. Questions? Email suzzcirc@uw.edu


          NOTE: 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.

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