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Petersen Room, Allen Library: Room Rental & Use Policy

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REQUIRED to submit a COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines for In-Person Events (see Use Policy below)



The Donald E. Petersen Room is a conference room available for rent for official UW use only.

It is available to the University community, per fees below, chargeable to a UW budget. 


Allen Library, 4th Floor, Room 485


    • Autumn, Winter, Spring Quarters:
      • Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Summer Quarter & Interim:
      • Monday through Friday, 9:30 am. – 4:30 pm.
    • Evening events: (NOT AVAILABLE)
      • By special arrangement only. Please contact us for staffing availability and pricing.
    • Not available for weekends and holidays.

      Reservations are required:

      • To check room availability, see the Petersen Room Calendar.
        • Note: System limitations only allow for viewing reservations a year in advance.
      • To request a reservation, fill out our Online Form.
        • Users will receive confirmation of reservation after the reservation request form has been reviewed by Libraries Facilities.
      • Filming & Media:
      • Cancellations:
        • Accepted up to 24 hours prior to the event without charge. Failure to notify Libraries Facilities will result in rental fee being charged.
      • Contact Libraries Facilities at 206-543-2009 or libbldgs@uw.edu if you have rental or reservation questions.
      Rental Rates

      Standard rental fee is $60 an hour plus and hour on top for facilities set-up and teardown.

      UW budget number is required for payment.

      • Fees levied in half hour increments, with a 2-hour minimum charge, which includes a half hour on each side for Libraries Facilities room set-up and reset time.
        • Additional fees charged for additional hours, your event setup and break down time, events over 8 hours, and any damages and overages.
        • Caterers and/or rental agents must return promptly to clear room at end of event. Your rental time should include this rental.
      All outside media filming & production room rentals are charged at $100 per hour, per room.


      • Conference: Up to 50 attendees, varies according to set-up.
      • Lecture: Up to 70 attendees.
      • Reception: Up to 100 attendees.
      • No live music is permitted.
      • Large conference table with 20 leather chairs.
      • 2 square side tables along walls.
      • 2 sofas.
      • 2 free-standing catering tables.
      • Provided by request:
        • 5 additional tables.
        • 50 additional chairs.
        • 5 cocktail tables.
      • Telephone with Polycoms.
      • Small Kitchenette.
      • Coat Rack.
      • Wireless access via campus network
      • Provided by request:
        • Podium with built-in microphone.
        • Projection screen and stand.
          • Projector not provided, screen and stand only

      Use Policy

      (September 2021 Food/Drink Update: No eating or drinking in the libraries, includes catering and alcohol)

        • COVID-19
        • Catering
          • Please review the Covid-19 prevention guidance on eating spaces and food prior to arrival. Users are responsible for catering arrangements.
          • Users are responsible for catering arrangements.
          • Banquet permits are required to serve alcohol. Information on obtaining the permit is included on the reservation form.
          • Linens and other appropriate protection are required to prevent heat and water damage to tables.
          • Catering equipment must be cleared promptly at the end of the event. Rental charges run until the room is cleared and locked.
        • Alcohol
          • Banquet permits are required and you must fill out the Office of Special Program’s UUF & ASR Form to have alcohol be served.
          • See the Alcohol Permit Options from the Office of Special Programs.
        • Equipment
          • Users must arrange for delivery, set-up, and retrieval of projector or any additional media equipment rented. Equipment must be removed promptly after the event.
          • No live music permitted.
        • Responsibility
          • Individuals reserving the room must schedule, plan and expedite all permits, reservations, audiovisual equipment rentals, catering services, and room preparation and restoration needs.
          • The cost of repairs to room, furniture, flooring, or equipment damaged during an event are the responsibility of the sponsoring department and will be charged to the provided budget number.

            Revised: 9/27/2021


            View of the Donald E. Petersen Room, located on the 4th floor of the Allen Library, looking NE towards round window and conference table.View of the Donald E. Petersen Room, located on the 4th floor of the Allen Library, looking  SW towards the fireplace.

            View of the conference table in the Donald E. Petersen Room, located on the 4th floor of the Allen Library, looking N towards round window.Petersen Room Photo 4

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