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Cutting-edge Programs

Our rich collections and innovative staff position the UW Libraries to lead cutting-edge programs to preserve rare materials and create greater access for our users. Our programs put students first. With remarkable expertise and a commitment to saving and sharing resources, we inspire students and researchers to think creatively.

Historic Architecture Drawings Fund

The UW Libraries collection of Historic Architectural Drawings, which includes proposals for the Century 21 World’s Fair and the archives of Pacific Northwest architect Paul Hayden Kirk, is heavily used by students, scholars and architects. The Historic Architecture Drawings Fund safeguards these documents for the future. According to Betty Wagner, librarian emeritus and former head of the UW Architecture and Urban Planning Library (now Built Environments Library), “Access to these cultural touchpoints in perpetuity will have a huge impact on the architectural community for years to come.”

Korean Cataloging Fund

The UW Libraries has been collecting Korean language titles since the 1940s, the majority of which are not held by any other U.S. library. The Korean Cataloging Fund helps ensure that important and unique Korean resources are accessible to students and researchers at the UW and around the world.

Libraries Excellence Fund

In our increasingly digital world, people rely on the expertise and access provided by the UW Libraries more than ever. Our challenge is to be responsive to the dynamic needs of our diverse users — students, faculty and researchers. You can help by contributing to the Libraries Excellence Fund. Your gift will be applied where it is needed most.