MARCH 2006: Home arrow Alumni Homepage arrow Check This Out: Free Library Card for UWAA Members
Check This Out: Free Library Card for UWAA Members Print

Like many important writers, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson, ’68, ’77, has a great unpublished manuscript. But it isn’t gathering dust in any desk drawer. It’s sitting in the stacks of Allen Library—her doctoral dissertation on Shakespeare. If you are a UW Alumni Association member, you can go check it out right now.

Suzzallo Library
Suzzallo Library. Photo by Mary Levin.
A free UW Libraries borrower’s card is by no means the only benefit of belonging to the UW Alumni Association. But if it were, it would still be worth it. The University boasts one of the largest research libraries in the United States—number 13 in total holdings—and also one of the best. In 2004, the Association of College and Research Libraries honored the UW with its prestigious Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. “It is truly leading the way for all academic libraries as the library of the 21st century,” said Mary Reichel, chair of the selection committee.

As a UWAA member, you have borrowing privileges at all 25 UW library facilities, including Suzzallo and Allen, Odegaard, the Health Sciences Library and 14 specialized branch libraries on all three campuses. That puts six million catalogued items at your fingertips, not only for browsing but for taking home and savoring.

All current members of the UWAA are eligible for a free borrower’s card. Simply visit the cashier’s office on the ground floor of the Suzzallo Library or the circulation desks of the Suzzallo, Health Sciences, Bothell or Tacoma libraries, and present your current UWAA membership card when you request your library card.

Membership dues are just $50 per year and include access to dozens of terrific benefits. Visit and click on “Membership” in the left-hand column, or call 1-800-AUW-ALUM.

For more information about UWAA Membership, go to or call 1-800-AUW-ALUM.