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Closure Information

Physics-Astronomy Reading Room Closure

The Physics-Astronomy Reading Room will close permanently at 5:00 pm on June 13, 2014, the last day of Spring Quarter, to allow for construction and transition to the Data Science Studio. This new campus-wide collaborative research space for data science research, education, and software development is scheduled to open Fall Quarter 2014. The Data Science Studio is a partnership between the UW Libraries, eScience Institute, Departments of Physics and Astronomy, and the College of Arts & Sciences, and made possible by the grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Moving the collection from the Physics-Astronomy Reading Room to Suzzallo/Allen Library will happen primarily after the closure on June 13. There are some selected materials that will be moving out during May-June, however, most of these are not publicly accessible parts of the collection.


Physics-Astronomy Collections


The books will be moving to Suzzallo/Allen Library main stacks. Keeping the collection together in Suzzallo/Allen will improve browsing while joining it with the astronomy and physics research books already located there. A few dozen books will be moving to the Mathematics Research Library, Engineering Library, and Odegaard Undergraduate Library, where the content of those books closely associated with the subject coverage and clientele of those units.


Journals available online will be moved to the Libraries Auxiliary Storage, and can be requested through the Library catalog. Journals unavailable online will be moved to Suzzallo/Allen Library main stacks, and will be shelved alongside related materials.


The core Reference collection, i.e., encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and directories, will be moving to the Suzzallo Library first floor reference collection. This open browsing area near the elevators has room to read and study, and is conveniently located near several bookscan stations. The remainder of the Reference collection will be moving to the Suzzallo/Allen Library main stacks and will be available for checkout. A few basic and introductory encyclopedias will be moving to Odegaard Undergraduate Library.


Over the last year, the undergraduate course reserves were moved to Odegaard Undergraduate Library. The extended open hours of Odegaard allow more access to the Physics and Astronomy reserve materials than did the more limited hours of the Reading Room. Odegaard will be the default location for physics and astronomy course reserves after June 13, 2014. Starting this Summer Quarter, instructors will have the option to have their graduate course reserves at Odegaard Undergraduate Library, Built Environments Library, Health Sciences Library, Engineering Library, or Mathematics Research Library. Additionally, instructors may choose to have their course materials in the Suzzallo Library first floor reference collection, which cannot be checked out, but would be available for browsing or scanning in the library.

Science Fiction Browsing Collection

The browsing collection of science fiction books from the former Chemistry Library will be moving to Odegaard Undergraduate Library and Suzzallo/Allen Library.


Library Services

Holds and Requests

Requesting materials from the Libraries to be picked up at the Physics-Astronomy Reading Room will end on June 13, 2014. Nearby pickup locations are the Built Environments Library and Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Current faculty and staff can request items be sent to their UW Campus Mailbox through Departmental Delivery Services from the Libraries. Summit and Interlibrary Loan material can also be sent to Campus Mailboxes. For more information, go to Departmental Delivery Services

Document Delivery / Desktop Article Delivery

Journal articles from the Libraries print collection and from other libraries are delivered electronically to your desktop at no charge. This service is available for current UW students, faculty and staff only.

Printing and Scanning

Dawg Prints printer stations are available at all UW Libraries and Computer Labs. Bookscan stations are available at all UW Libraries. For a list of locations and print drivers, go to Dawg Prints Printer Locations.

Computer workstations

Access+ Workstations are available at all UW Libraries Branches. These workstations require UW NetID login and provide access to email, internet, databases and online resources, Microsoft Office and other software. For a list of software and locations, go to Access+ Workstations.

Study Spaces

As per the signed agreement, study space for students, faculty, and staff will be available in the new Data Science Studio. While it is still in planning, all current projections show more study space than currently available in the Physics-Astronomy Reading Room. To find additional study spaces on campus, go to Space Scout

Librarian Consultation

As laid out in the agreement, the Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics librarian will be available for scheduled research consultations in the Data Science Studio.



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