The OSC has entered a new phase to see its full vision come to life with the creation of a physical space inside Suzzallo Library! The space offers in-person services and collaboration spaces dedicated to open scholarship.

Facilities in the new space include:

Please note: Spaces might require reservation before use


Why Now?

The OSC fills a vital need on-campus for more interdisciplinary gathering spaces  and technology-rich teaching spaces.  The 2019 report by the Graduate School on “Creating New Intellectual Spaces” notes a shift to interdisciplinary approaches to research and education within the academy in response to local and global challenges that require multi-faceted solutions. The 2020 designation of UW as Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement classified institution and 2022 UW Faculty Senate Class C Resolution on Community-engaged scholarship continues to signal a growing commitment to interdisciplinary research and education, in partnership with the community.

As a space that traditionally serves as a bridge welcoming both the campus community and the community at-large, the Open Scholarship Commons is uniquely positioned to support the University’s goals for community-engaged scholarship. The space makes visible and enables the Libraries’ ability to play an expanded role in supporting open scholarship, helping students and researchers to not just find research materials,  but analyze their results, share their research widely and determine the impact of their work.



The Open Scholarship Commons is made possible by the Libraries Catalyst Fund for Innovation and the University of Washington Programmatic Renewal Fund. The Libraries Catalyst Fund is a current-use and endowed fund that accelerates ambitious projects, helping our users identify the challenges and opportunities of today and catalyze the breakthroughs of tomorrow.