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Returning Materials & Book Return Locations

Books and media, including Summit and Interlibrary Loan materials, may be returned to any UW Library or book return (see locations below).

  • All reserve materials and circulating equipment must be returned to the desk from which they were borrowed. Items returned to anyplace other than where they were checked out are not counted as returned until they reach the original checkout library. This may take several days. During this time, fines will be charged.
  • If possible, please return fragile or loose material to a circulation desk rather than a book return.
  • Non-reserve library materials may also be returned by mail. Material sent via the mail will be checked in when it is received by the Libraries and is the responsibility of the borrower until that time. Please allow time for mailing and delivery. Send to:
  • Central Circulation Services
    University of Washington
    Box 352900
    Seattle, Washington 98195-2900


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Book Return Locations

  • All libraries have at least one book return located inside the library and some have additional book returns elsewhere in their respective buildings.

Outside Book Return Locations

  • See map; these returns are available 24/7 including after the library has closed

Drive up (or drive near) book returns are located at the following libraries:

  • Bothell Campus Library (accessible from Campus Parkway)
  • Drama Library (accessible from Stevens Way in Hutchinson Hall)
  • Gallagher Law Library (accessible from Memorial Way)
  • Health Sciences Library (accessible from Columbia Road)
  • Suzzallo and Allen Libraries (accessible from Skagit Lane)
  • Tacoma Library (accessible from Dolly Roberson Lane)

Additional outside book returns:

  • Engineering (Northwest)
  • Music (South)

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