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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.

Coronavirus testing in Odegaard Library: UW students, faculty and staff participants of the Husky Coronavirus Testing Program can get tested on the ground floor of Odegaard Library building near the By George Cafe, by appointment only.

STATUS: UW Libraries spaces are closed to the public at this time.

  • While University of Washington COVID-19 Safe Start Phases are being updated to reflect the Governor's new Healthy Washington plan, this page indicates available services and support. When updated UW guidance is released, UW Libraries will update the Libraries phased approach accordingly. We do not anticipate a significant change in services from current operations as outlined on this page.
  • Libraries staff are available 24/7 to help you find available resources, assist with research and answer questions. Just ASK US.
  • See also "WHAT IS AVAILABLE" and "HELPFUL LINKS" below.

  • Communication: Any changes to operational plans will be communicated through this COVID Update page as soon as new information is available. Our monthly update blog posts provide additional insight into our planning process and status each month. 

    When will Libraries open again?

    • The health and safety of our users and staff continue to guide our planning. As health conditions and guidance change, we will expand access and services as soon as it is feasible to do so safely.

    • We do not know how the current public health situation will evolve in our community, and a transition from one phase to the next is dependent on significant changes to public health status and the development of new prevention plans at each stage to ensure the health and safety of all.

    • Opening Libraries spaces will happen on a very limited scale to start. We are in the process of identifying potential limited locations for individual study, but those spaces are not confirmed.

    What is available?

    • Interlibrary Loan continues to fill requests for articles and book chapters. Any requests that cannot be filled with electronic resources will be requested from other libraries - this includes scans, but not physical materials at this time.
    • 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

    Helpful Links:

    Returning and Renewing items:

    • Due dates Due dates are postponed, but please return items if you are able to so that others can access the materials, especially if that item has been recalled/requested by another user.

    • Returning items: some book returns are open. Please return items if you are able to so that others can access materials.

    • Fines: Overdue fines accrued between March 6, 2020 and the day the Libraries re-open will be cancelled. Fines accrued before March 6 can be paid online.

    • Renewing books: See instructions on how to renew online.

      NOTE: Graduating students retain off-campus access to online library collections and databases using Husky OnNet or the off-campus proxy until library privileges expire during Winter 2021.