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UW Libraries Student FAQ 2021/2022

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.).

COVID-19 Health and Safety in the Libraries

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

Libraries Hours and Building Access: Know Before You Go

  • Be sure to check the Libraries hours web page FIRST before you visit, for the most current hours/information for ALL Libraries.
  • Different libraries have different hours. Some libraries will not have weekend hours at the start of fall quarter 2021. As Libraries hire more students throughout fall quarter, hours will increase for all Libraries.
  • Odegaard Undergraduate Library will be open the longest hours in autumn quarter as a UW Only space, with a current valid Husky Card required for access.
  • Know Before You Go: learn about new policies (i.e. for food/beverages), when you need to make an appointment and other new service updates.

New students

  • Online Access: New, incoming students can expect to have online access to UW Libraries' resources approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the quarter.
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    Don't forget your Husky Card!!
  • Check-out: Your Husky Card is your Library card and is required to check out materials. If our Library doesn't have the material, you can request it from another Library through Interlibrary Loan - check it out!
  • Odegaard Access: A current, valid Husky Card is also required for entry to Odegaard Undergraduate Library. For more information about getting or replacing your Husky Card, contact the Husky Card Office.

Get Help

  • Librarians can help you with your research online or in person!
  • Get help with digital and online content creation projects (audio/video production, data visualization, mapping and more!) through the Libraries’ Open Scholarship Commons and Media Services.

Study Spaces

  • Individual and group study spaces are available in all open library branches. Many group study rooms are available by reservation on a first come, first served basis.
  • Scout™ helps UW students find campus study spaces, campus food and tech items that meet specific criteria.

Computers, Printing and Wi-Fi

  • Printing is available from library computers or mobile printing in the Libraries. Printing is managed by Dawg Prints and you can add money to your Husky Card by using the MyUW portal.
  • The UW Student Technology Loan Program allows currently registered students to borrow laptops, projectors, cameras at no additional cost (paid for by the Student Technology Fee).

Textbooks & Other Course Materials

  • Both e-resources and physical materials (books and media) will be available. Most course textbooks on reserve will be located in Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Reserve materials can be checked out for a limited amount of time, usually 2 or 4 hours.
  • Interested in renting or purchasing a book? Check out University Book Store for more options, including digital books!IG icon

Stay Connected

Follow us on social media to learn about fun events and learning workshops throughout the year,

including our Student Video Contest!

Health & Wellness Resources

  • UW Seattle students have access to a range of mental health and counseling support, including individual counseling, 24/7 phone or online chat support, group therapy, workshops and crisis services.
  • The UW Food Pantry provides food to students, staff, and faculty who are having a hard time putting food on their plate due to a short-term disruption in finances, a food desert in the local community, or a lack of access to other financial assistance.
  • Emergency Aid assists students who are experiencing unexpected financial hardships that may disrupt their education or prevent them from earning their UW degree.

Graduating students

  • Graduating students retain off-campus access to online library collections and databases using Husky OnNet or the off-campus proxy until the second consecutive quarter (excluding Summer) in which you are not enrolled. Learn more.

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