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UW Libraries Student FAQ

This FAQ provides a quick summary of answers to common student questions about the Libraries, access to resources and current guidance on operations (hours, safety protocols, etc.).

Last updated 3/16/2022

COVID-19 HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE LIBRARIES

The Libraries follow UW policies for health, safety and COVID protocols. In line with UW policy, masks will be optional inside UW Libraries starting March 28th. See the Libraries Operations Updates for the latest information on Libraries operations including changes to hours and/or services.

HOURS AND ACCESS TO LIBRARY SPACES

  • Hours: View hours for all Libraries. Always check 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.
    • A current, valid Husky Card is required for entry to Odegaard Undergraduate Library and the Health Sciences Library. For more information about getting or replacing your Husky Card, contact the Husky Card Office.

NEW STUDENTS

  • Online Access: New, incoming students have online access to UW Libraries' 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 the material, you can request it from another institution through Interlibrary Loan - check it out!

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STUDY SPACE (FINDING AND RESERVING SPACE)

  • 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.
  • Effective spring quarter, Individual Study Space at the Research Commons will be reconfigured to its pre-Covid design, with multiple seating configurations designed for group study and collaboration.
  • Use Scout™ to find all campus study spaces, food/eating venues, and tech items that meet your specific criteria.

COMPUTERS, PRINTING, AND WIFI

  • Odegaard Library has the largest computer lab on campus and every library has computers for student use. Log in with your UW NetID and password to access Macs and PCs with a range of software (depending on location).
  • Printing is available from library computers or via mobile printing in the Libraries, and you pay for printing using your Husky Card. You can add money to your Husky Card using the MyUW portal. (Printing is managed by Dawg Prints.)
  • The UW Student Technology Loan Program allows currently registered UW Seattle students to borrow laptops, projectors, cameras, and more at no additional cost (paid for by the Student Technology Fee). Pick-up locations include Kane Hall, the HUB, and the Health Sciences Building.
  • Wi-Fi: Eduroam network at UW is the preferred secure, encrypted Wi-Fi network for use in any UW building.
  • More info: IT at the UW Student Quick-Start Guide and UW Libraries accessibility.

TEXTBOOKS AND OTHER COURSE MATERIALS

  • 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
  • Most 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.

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