From the Vice Provost and Dean

Digital transformation. It may seem counterintuitive, but the more time we spend in digital space, the more we long to come together in real space. We see evidence of this in our libraries. Last year, a record five million people crossed the physical threshold of the library. Learn more.

Latest News

Justin Johnson
Welcome Justin Johnson, senior conservator.
Justin Johnson judges books by their covers... and their pages and their bindings. As the Libraries new senior conservator, he’s passionate about slowing the decay of crumbling volumes in the library.
Learn more.
Gordon Hirabayashi
Hirabayashi papers at Libraries. On May 16, 1942, five months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the last Seattle bus taking Japanese Americans to internment camps was about to leave. Gordon Hirabayashi’s life was about to change forever. Hirabayashi,‘46,‘49,‘52, was in his senior year at the UW and refused to get on the bus. Learn more.
Odegaard Library
Odegaard Library renovation receives national AIA honor. The interior renovation of this library at the University of Washington not only transformed an outmoded 1970s-era building but also reimagined the learning experience for students in the 21st century. Learn more.
Blanche Payne Cosstume
Blanche Payne costume collection online. During the early part of the 20th century when it was considered unusual for a woman to travel alone, Blanche Payne visited many locations to document disappearing folk costume. Professor Payne, who taught costume history and apparel design at UW, was truly a pioneer in her field. Learn more.

Events & Exhibits

Friend of Libraries Meeting

Friends of the Libraries annual meeting. Celebrate the achievements of Friends of the Libraries at a reception to elect the new Friends Board and meet staff and students who have received awards for scholarship, collections and preservation. A selection of Libraries materials will be on display.
RSVP to or 206-616-8397.
Jan. 23, 6-8 p.m. | Petersen Room, Allen Library

Gordon Hirabayashi 1988

Courage and Conviction: A Symposium on the Life and Legacy of Gordon Hirabayashi.
Feb. 22, 1-6 p.m
. | Kane Hall 120 Learn more.
Civil Disobedience! The Life and Legacy of
Gordon K. Hirabayashi Exhibit.

Feb. 3-28 | Allen Library, north lobby Learn more.

Michael Gruber
Blom lecture with Michael Gruber. Join Libraries and the UWAA for an evening with Michael Gruber, formerly a ghost-writer of courtroom thrillers for Robert K. Tanenbaum. Gruber’s first novel under his own name, “Tropic of Night,” was published in 2003 (William Morrow). Learn more.
March 7, 7 p.m. | Suzzallo Library Room 102
Boys in the Boat cover

Save the date: Literary Voices Dinner. Join 16 authors and keynote speaker Daniel James Brown at the Friends of the Libraries annual dinner to support the Senior Conservator matching fund. Tickets are $150, or make a gift in lieu of attending.
April 26, 6 p.m. | UW Club Learn more.

Wings of Artemis

Under the Wings of Artemis: The Crossroads of Scholarship and Art. Themes from the Academic Works of the UW Classics Faculty Reflected In Modern Book Arts features work from The Book Arts Collection in Libraries Special Collections. The exhibit is curated by Lauren Dudley and installed by Sandra Kroupa, book arts and rare books curator for UW Libraries.
Now through Feb. 21. | Allen Library Learn more.

More Libraries Events and Exhibits


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Upcoming EVENTS

Feb. 19: Drs. Randall O'Reilly and Chantel Prat will discuss The Neuroscience of Good Decision Making as part of the 2014 Allen L. Edwards Psychology Lecture Series.

Feb. 27: Career (Re)Launch, a workshop for alumni who are looking to land their first job or transition to a new role after being in the workforce for several years.

March 11: Former president of Starbucks, Howard Behar, joins his daughter, the co-founder of GROW Parenting, in Life Skills for Leaders: An Empowering Talk for Teens + Parents.

More upcoming events


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