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About the Media Center: Location, Equipment, Staff...

Location and Contact Information

Suzzallo-Allen Library, 3rd floor

Box 352900
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2900

phone: 206-543-6051 (Media Center), 206-221-1063 (mediArcade)
email: medialib@uw.edu

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History & Mission

The UW Libraries Media Center was founded in 1972 on the mezzanine level of Odegaard Library. In June 2012 the Media Center moved to the 3rd floor of Suzzallo Library.

Since its inception the Media Center has collected and provided access to media on a variety of film, video, and sound recording formats: 8-track, laser discs, reel-to-reel tape, vinyl, DVD, streaming, and much more. Despite the mercurial nature of media formats, the Media Center remains dedicated to carrying out the UW Libraries' [slightly modified] mission:

  • To advance intellectual discovery and enrich the quality of life by connecting people with [audio/video/film] knowledge.

Equipment & Facilities

The Media Center's mediArcade provides UW students, staff, and faculty with access to suite of media creation, viewing, and editing equipment and software. mediArcade is intended for use by UW students, staff, and faculty.

    The mediArcade lends the following equipment to UW students, staff, and faculty for 7 days at a time:

    • 2 GoPro Cameras
    • 4 Digital Aduio Recorders
      Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder - 2009 VersionZoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder - 2009 Version
    • 1 DVD/VCR Combo player
    • 1 Region-Free DVD player
    • 2 Nintendo DS2 video game controllers
    • 1 Canon VIXIA HF S10 Video Camera
    • 1 USB “Snowball” microphone
    • 1 Nikon D3200 DX-format Digital SLR Camera
    • 1 compact audio cassette player
    • 1 portable 33/45/78rpm turntable (library use only)

    The Media Center's Archival Jukebox, which includes recordings from the Chamber Dance Company CollectionPuget Sounds Project, Milo Ryan /CBS Radio Phonoarchive and other archival collections, is now located in front of the Media Center. The Archival Jukebox is available for us by anyone without reservation: first come, first serve.


    The Media Center is staffed by 3 FTE and many dedicated students. Staff members include:

    Matthew Allen

    • Media Tech III
    • msa28 [at] uw [dot] edu

    Heather Spence

    • Library Tech Lead
    • starr13 [at] uw [dot] edu

    John Vallier