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UW Libraries Student FAQ

This FAQ provides a quick summary of answers to common student questions about the Libraries, access to resources and current guidance on operations (hours, safety protocols, etc.).

Last updated 12/21/2021


The Libraries follow the guidance of UW Environmental Health & Safety regarding all campus COVID protocols, including indoor masking, food & drink, and occupancy. See the Libraries Operations Updates for the latest information on Libraries health and safety requirements and protocols.

Hours - Know Before You Go

  • Be sure to check Libraries hours before you visit. As UW guidance and protocols evolve based on the current public health status, Libraries operations and hours may also change.
  • Odegaard Undergraduate Library will continue to maintain the longest hours for winter quarter and is a UW Only space, with a current valid Husky Card required for entry.
  • Know Before You Go: learn about policies (i.e. for food/beverages), when you need to make an appointment, and other service updates.
  • Online Access: New, incoming students have online access to UW Libraries' resources approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the quarter.

New Students

  • Check-out: Your Husky Card is your Library card and is required to check out materials. If UW Libraries doesn't have the material, you can request it from another institution through Interlibrary Loan - check it out!
  • Odegaard and Health Sciences Access: A current, valid Husky Card is also required for entry to Odegaard Undergraduate Library and the Health Sciences Library. For more information about getting or replacing your Husky Card, contact the Husky Card Office.

Get Help

Study Space (finding and reserving space)

  • Individual and group study spaces are available in all libraries. Many locations have group study rooms available by reservation on a first come, first served basis, beginning two weeks in advance.
  • Use Scout™ to find all campus study spaces, food/eating venues, and tech items that meet specific criteria.

Computers, Printing and WiFi

Textbooks and other Course Materials

  • Both e-resources and physical materials (books and media) are available. Most course textbooks on reserve are held in Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Reserve materials can be checked out for a limited amount of time, usually 2 or 4 hours.
  • When you get your reading list for each quarter, do a Course Reserves search to see if a print or electronic copy of your textbook is already available. If not, you can submit a student-driven course reserve request for required course materials

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