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

Location and Contact Information

Suzzallo Library, 3rd floor
Box 352900
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2900

phone: 206-543-6051
email: medialib@uw.edu or use the request form

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History & Mission

The UW Libraries Media Center was founded in 1972 and located on the mezzanine level of Odegaard Undergraduate Library. In June 2012 the Media Center departed Odegaard to make way that library's renovation. It found a new home on the 3rd floor of UW Libraries' mother-ship, 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 tapes, vinyl, DVD, streaming. 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 has media equipment available outside its service desk in Suzzallo Library. This equipment and is intended for use by University of Washington students, staff, and faculty for the viewing of and listening to Media Center materials.

Equipment includes:

  • Combo DVD\VHS player;
  • Multi-region DVD playback on PC computers;
  • Dual-deck audio cassette player;

NOTE - Our archival jukebox, which includes recordings from the Chamber Dance Company Collection, the Crocodile Cafe Collection, and the Media Center's CD collection, is being renovated and moved. Stay tuned for updates on its new location.

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

    • VCR
    • Region-free DVD player

      If you want to make a movie using media production hardware and software (e.g., Final Cut Pro, iMovie), visit the Odegaard Learning Commons Tech Help Desk on the 2nd floor of Odegaard Undergraduate Library.



      The Media Center is staffed by 4 FTE and many sharp/dedicated students. Staff members include:

      Ashley Farley
      Library Tech III
      farleyas [at] uw [dot] edu

      Amy Halligan
      Library Supervisor
      apx [at] uw [dot] edu

      Heather Spence
      Library Tech Lead
      starr13 [at] uw [dot] edu

      John Vallier
      Archivist & Head of Distributed Media
      vallier [at] uw [dot] edu