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Libraries and COVID-19


June 19, 2020

When Will Libraries Offer A Book Pick-Up Option?

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As the community continues to move toward Phase 2 re-opening efforts, you may start to see some local public libraries offering solutions for curb-side pick-up of books. Many of our users are wondering when this type of service will be available for UW Libraries. While UW Libraries planning teams are actively discussing the implementation of…


June 3, 2020

Summer Tips: What to Know Before You Go

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Congratulations, you’ve made it through the year! Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions for graduating students, people who are not studying during summer quarter, or whose student status may be changing in summer quarter.  As UW Libraries physical buildings remain closed due to COVID-19, all of the information here has been updated…


June 2, 2020

Preparing for Summer and Fall Quarter: What You Need to Know Now

Lauren Pressley- Associate Dean, Research & Learning Services

This post was updated on 7/6/2020 We know our UW community is eager for information to help plan for summer quarter and beyond. The UW Libraries is working in close partnership with University leadership and community partners to assess and plan for return-to-work/return-to-school following the new UW Safe Start protocols. Our decisions will be guided…


Faculty Guidance for Choosing Online Materials

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Why choose online alternatives to standard textbooks or physical course readings?   1) Ease of use. These existing resources are immediately available and avoid potential delays (sometimes of several weeks!) that may occur in trying to source and license new electronic materials for courses.  2) More equitable access. In accordance with existing UW guidance, all classes…


May 22, 2020

Libraries Superheroes: Procuring eBooks for UW Students

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As faculty across campus raced to prepare for spring quarter, there were many concerns over how classes could be conducted without access to the Libraries. For example, Izumi Matsuda, a senior lecturer in Asian Language and Literature, was considering not offering her Tadoku class because of its reliance on the physical books available in the…


May 20, 2020

2020 UW Libraries Student Video Contest Winners Announced!

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The annual UW Libraries Student Video Contest asks students to create original videos showcasing the Libraries through the lens of student experience. Across all three campuses, UW Libraries is the “heart” of the University – our people, places, resources and programs support students, faculty and our local community in so many ways. As this year’s…


April 17, 2020

Spring Quarter Survival Tip: Get to Know Your Subject Librarian

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Do you know YOUR subject librarian? Have you ever utilized the Libraries’ consultation services for help with your research?  While UW maintains remote learning, our UW Libraries staff will be here to help you, huskies!  Beyond helping users find the electronic books and resources they need, Librarians are talking with students and faculty on the…


#IHeartUWLibraries: Ari’s Story

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With Libraries buildings closed, many students, staff and faculty are missing their favorite place to study, access to computers and software, and their friendly librarians at the reference desk; but Libraries staff are working remotely every day to connect you with the tools and support you need. As Ari Hock, a UW PhD student realized…


April 6, 2020

HathiTrust Expands Access to Materials for UW Libraries

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On March 31st,  HathiTrust  announced that it is offering an Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) which will allow students, faculty, and staff from eligible member libraries to access a significant amount of online materials that are currently unavailable to them in library collections.  What is HathiTrust? HathiTrust is a membership-based partnership of academic and research…


Documenting COVID-19 – A Service of UW Libraries Special Collections

Ann Lally, Digital Collections Curator for Special Collections

The University of Washington Libraries Special Collections brings together the most rare and unique resources held by the larger University of Washington Library community. From papyrus to born digital, our holdings span history and the globe and offer boundless opportunities for exploration and discovery. While many people associate our work with physical materials—our digital archives…



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