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UW Libraries Response to New WA State Guidance for Libraries

October 9, 2020

The UW Libraries Cabinet has reviewed our current plan for phased re-opening, and have decided to maintain our approach at this time. Based on the protocols outlined within University of Washington COVID-19 Safe Start Phases, Libraries spaces will remain closed to the public during Phase 2. Per our current plan, limited study spaces will be opening up in Phase 3. As always, the health and safety of our UW community remains at the center of our planning decisions.

Though the Governor’s recent guidance permits libraries to open facilities for limited in-person services, that guidance also encourages libraries to facilitate services through no contact pick-up to limit interaction between staff and patrons within enclosed space. Further, the statement generally discouraged libraries from allowing the use of group meeting or study spaces by patrons.

The UW Libraries Leadership will continue to monitor new information, guidance, and recommendations and incorporate this into our planning. Any changes to our current plan will be communicated on our COVID-19 update pages and announced as soon as there is a change.


Betsy Wilson

Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives and Dean of University Libraries