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UW Libraries Student Guide

An introduction to UW Libraries with answers to many common student questions.

NEW IN 2022

podsThe New York Times digital edition is now available for all Huskies! Visit our New in 2022 Guide to learn about how to access this and other other interesting new resources. Also, be sure to check out the new pods in Odegaard Undergraduate Library-- perfect for that Zoom call!


  • Hours: Always check library building hours before you go! Hours for some libraries may fluctuate due to quarterly interims, staffing changes or other reasons.
  • Library Access:
    • Most campus libraries are open to UW and the public; however, a current, valid Husky Card is required for entry to Odegaard Undergraduate Library and the Health Sciences Library, which are UW Only.
    • For more information about getting or replacing your Husky Card, contact the Husky Card Office.


  • Early Online Access: New students have access to UW Libraries' online resources approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the quarter.
  • Book & Materials Check-out: Your Husky Card is your Library Card and is required to check out materials. If UW Libraries doesn't have what you need, you can request it from another institution through Interlibrary Loan - check it out!
  • Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew My First Year: Bookmark this blog post for quick access to this guide and many other helpful resources:!
  • Take a virtual tour through the UW Libraries!


From support for digital content creation to research and writing help, UW Libraries provides all kinds of amazing services that can help you succeed: Online or in person- #YourUWLibrary is here for you!


  • Students are welcome at all 16 UW Libraries locations! Most libraries are located on the Seattle campus, but we also have locations at UW Tacoma, UW Bothell, and even on Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands! 
  • Individual and group study spaces are available in all libraries. Many locations have group study rooms available by reservation on a first come, first served basis, beginning two weeks in advance.  
  • The Research Commons is a great space for group study and collaboration with comfortable seating, whiteboards, tech-enabled meeting rooms and more. 
  • Start with UW Scout™ to find campus study spaces, food/eating venues, and tech items that meet your specific criteria.



  • Online and physical materials (books and media) are available through the Libraries.
  • When you get your reading list for each quarter, do a Course Reserves search to see if a print or electronic copy of your textbook is already available. If not, you can submit a student-driven course reserve request for required course materials
  • Many course textbooks that are on physical reserve are held in Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Reserve materials can be checked out for a limited amount of time, usually 2 or 4 hours. 


UW Libraries staff are working with departments and programs across campus to make sure students have what they need to succeed, and your input is needed to help us understand what you need and how we can improve. Let us know: What can we do to help? What services are most helpful to you? What’s not working for you? Share your ideas and feedback with the UW Libraries Undergraduate Student Success team via email.


Have a question? Just ASK US!