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UW Libraries Operations Updates

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Updated 12/8/21

Permanent New, Expanded Evening and Weekend Hours for Winter Quarter

Suzzallo and Allen Libraries & Foster Business Library:

  • Mon-Thu 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Sun 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

NO change to Odegaard and Branch Libraries:

Temporary Extended Hours for End of Autumn Quarter and Finals

We are pleased to announce Odegaard Undergraduate Library and Individual Study @ the Research Commons in Allen Library will offer extended hours for UW users for the last week of autumn quarter and the final exam period December 6-17th:

    • Odegaard Undergraduate Library (CURRENT VALID HUSKY CARD REQUIRED)*:
      • Monday, December 6 – Thursday, December 16:
        • Monday-Friday:  8am-12 Midnight
        • Saturday and Sunday: 10am-12 Midnight
      • Friday, December 17: 8am-6pm
    • Individual Study @ Research Commons (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED)*:
      • Monday, December 6 – Thursday, December 16:
        • Monday-Thursday – 9am-8pm
        • Friday 9am- 5pm
        • Saturday, December 11:  1pm-5pm
        • Sunday, December 12: 1pm-8pm

*Remember to always check Libraries hours pages to confirm hours before visiting.

Winter Break Hours/Closures

  • All Libraries buildings will be closed during the winter break period of Saturday, December 18, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022.
  • UW Bothell: The Campus Library building will be closed Saturday, December 18, 2021 - Sunday, January 2, 2022; however, checkouts and Reserves drop-off will be available by appointment December 20 - 23 and December 27 - December 30. See UW Bothell Libraries web site for hours.

Closing considerations:

    • Available data from pre-COVID years show that these weeks have consistently been among the lowest use points of the entire calendar year from both building entries and circulations of materials.
    • Existing staff shortages will be compounded by the temporary loss of student assistants who will not be working over the break period and staff vacations over the holiday break.

Alternate access during the winter break:

    • Libraries users will continue to have 24/7 access to many online resources, including our Ask Us Service, our research databases, e-books, and other specialized online collections.
    • On the Seattle campus, the Husky Union Building (HUB) plans to be open Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 5:30pm during this period, for UW affiliates who need on-campus spaces.
    • UW Seattle students who require technology resources over break may make an advance request for loanable equipment via the Student Technology Loan Program -- see quarter breaks. (Both UW Bothell and UW Tacoma maintain their own equipment loan programs.)
    • After Libraries re-open buildings in January, print books and other requested libraries materials will be processed and made available.


    • Department Delivery is back! Delivery to campus mailboxes is now available.
    • Special Collections has a virtual reading room!  Learn more.
    • Odegaard and Health Sciences Libraries require a valid Husky Card for entry.
    • Media Arcade (formerly in Allen Library) is closed. Some services are available through the Open Scholarship Commons - Learn More.
    • No eating in the Libraries. Libraries are not designated eating locations at this time. Per UW Environmental Health and Safety, please follow new guidelines for eating in designated spaces on campus. See designated/open locations:
    • Appointments are required for most services: While information desks will be open with staff,  most services inside the libraries including visiting Special Collections, media, and digital scholarship services will require an appointment.
    • Group visits and tours: No group visits, tours, or orientations including K-12 visitors through winter quarter (March 20, 2022).

Access for Graduating Students and Non-UW Affiliates (no current Husky Card)

    • 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.
    • Users with valid UW Libraries borrowing card/privileges: If you do not have a Husky Card, you can still request books from any UW Library with your UW NetID for pick-up at UW Libraries open to the public.

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