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Foster Library Fast Facts

The Library

  • 21,500 square foot facility spanning two floors
  • 11 group study rooms equipped with white boards and LCD monitors
  • 250 study seats
  • 800 square foot skylight

The Collection:

  • 60,000 business books, with new books added every month
  • Extensive business reference collection
  • Subscriptions to over 300 business and economics journals
  • 5 business newspaper subscriptions
  • Annual report collection with a concentration on Pacific Northwest Companies
  • Large number of online business databases, resources and full-text journals


  • 240 study seats with easy access to power
  • Wireless internet access throughout the library
  • 50 computer workstations with access to Microsoft Office (limited to users with UW Net Id's)
  • 2 public research workstations with access to library databases and limited access to web sites
  • Self-service B&W and color laser printers
  • 4 scanners attached to computers and 1 larger book scanning station
  • Headphones, calculators, USB drives, and VGA adaptors for Apple computers available for checkout

Library Staff:

  • 3 highly-experienced Business Librarians + 1 Graduate Reference Students to assist in research
  • 3.5 FTE Circulation and Technical Services staff
  • 5 Student Library Assistants