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UW Libraries COVID-19 Updates

This page contains all relevant information related to UW Libraries current operations and response to the COVID-19 outbreak including updates to operations, access to remote services, and other helpful links.

For Bothell and Tacoma campuses, see also: UW Bothell/Cascadia Library COVID-19 Updates and UW Tacoma Library COVID-19 Updates

Last updated March 31, 2020 at 11:20 a.m.


While physical buildings are closed, Libraries staff remain available to help students and faculty access online resources and support 24/7.

See Libraries Remote Resources and Services for complete information.

Changes to Operations

All UW Libraries — Seattle, Bothell and Tacoma — are closed until further notice.

For the health and safety of all employees, all Libraries staff are working remotely, and physical collections are unavailable to scan or pick-up at this time (see below for details).

Librarians are here to help you navigate alternate solutions - see Libraries Remote Resources and Service for guidance.

Circulation policy changes during the closure:

  • Returning items: all book returns are currently closed. Please keep all items until we reopen. If you are unable to keep items, please email
  • Fines: Overdue fines accrued between March 6, 2020 and the day the Libraries re-open will be cancelled.
  • Due dates: will be extended when possible while services are limited.

Events, Exhibits and Special Collections

  • Special Collections: There is no on-site use of collections at this time; however, Special Collections is evaluating options for users and we will post those changes as they are confirmed.
  • Exhibits: Dates for current/planned exhibits will be announced as access to buildings and public health guidelines evolve.
  • Events: In-person meetings and events have been cancelled as we transition to online engagement. Check the Libraries calendar for online events and the most up-to-date information.