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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 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 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 recently opened mediArcade provides UW students, staff, and faculty with access to suite of media viewing, listening, and editing equipment. The Media Center also continues to support a handful of media viewing equipment available outside its service desk in Suzzallo Library. This equipment is intended for use by UW students, staff, and faculty for the viewing of and listening to Media Center materials.

Our Archival Jukebox, which includes recordings from the Chamber Dance Company Collection, Puget Sounds Project, Milo Ryan Phonoarchive and other archival collections, is now located in the Artisanal Media Archive (Allen 381D, located between the Media Center and mediArcade).

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

    • 2 GoPro Cameras
    • 3 Zoom H4N Portable Digital 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

    Ask for them at the Media Center desk.

    Looking for more AV equipment? UW-IT's has lots for check-out in its Kane 35 offices. See this site for details.


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

    Heather Spence

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

    John Vallier

    Matthew Allen

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

    Andrew Weaver

    • Digital & Archival Media Tech
    • weevz [at] uw [dot] edu