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Faculty Guidance 2021-2022

Updated 8/6/21

  • If there is a significant change to this guidance for autumn quarter, we will notify you through your department’s subject librarian liaison and our public communications channels.
  • When in doubt, ASK US. We’re here to help!

Teaching Resources

Textbooks and Course Materials (including Course Reserves)

Teaching Support

  • The Libraries provides teaching support including online DIY modules and videos you can embed into your course, like undergraduate research skills; library research sessions tailored to your course; and connections to campus partners focused on pedagogy and teaching technology.
  • Libraries Open Scholarship Commons (OSC): We can help you design and integrate open scholarship tools and concepts into any classroom setting (e.g. podcasts, digital exhibits, data and copyright management and more). Many Libraries services are now in one place with the new OSC!
  • Online workshops: The Libraries offers numerous asynchronous online workshop modules to support UW students and faculty. Topics include, business library research, digital book publishing, and citation management. Contact your subject librarian for more information or to suggest custom content for an online Canvas course.

Subject Librarians

Our subject librarians are happy to assist with Libraries collections needs for research and teaching, and can provide tailored information sessions and individual and group consultations for students. In their roles they can also:

  • Purchase books and other material
  • Create a webpage or Canvas module tailored to your class assignment
  • Answer questions via email, phone or Zoom
  • Act as a liaison in communicating your department's concerns and needs to Libraries Administration

Subject librarians also create and maintain disciplinary Research Guides.

Physical Spaces

For reopening dates, hours and access for all spaces, please visit the Libraries COVID update page. A few important things to note:

  • Seattle campus Libraries will re-open with limited hours to start, which will expand as student staff are added through the quarter. More info.
  • Odegaard Undergraduate Library will reopen as a UW only space, with current valid Husky Card required for entry.
  • Special Collections will be open to UW and the public, by appointment only M-F.


  • The Libraries No Contact Pick-Up Service for eligible physical materials will be available through 9/17; pick-up will resume on site when Suzzallo Allen re-opens.
  • Between August 20th and September 20th UW Libraries will be deactivating the HathiTrust Emergency Access Service (ETAS) which may impact access to materials. Learn more about how you can prepare.
  • We continue to welcome requests for new titles for the Libraries’ collections, which are referred to the appropriate subject librarian for review.
    • New print materials may be significantly delayed before they are available for borrowing. Limited on-campus staffing throughout the pandemic has resulted in significant processing backlogs in orders for print materials.

The Libraries COVID Update page will always have the most up-to-date information on our reopening plans, available collections, and services.