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Why give to UW Libraries?


The University of Washington Libraries is the soul of the University. It’s where all thinkers, at all levels and across all disciplines, meet.

Give Today for the Future of Libraries

Discover below how you can help transform lives  – and the future – and learn more about UW Press.

Explore UW Libraries, including the popular Odegaard Undergraduate Library and Suzzallo & Allen Libraries, in this virtual self-guided tour. Click on “Read Book” to begin the tour. Before touring in person, check library hours before coming to campus.

Our Stories

Support for Libraries promotes access to education and information resources through all past, present and emerging technologies. Explore some of our favorite stories of impact to learn about how UW Libraries makes a difference.

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Be Part of a Transformative Journey

Consider celebrating Husky Graduates with a gift to Libraries

We appreciate every one of our graduates, who benefited from library services, resources and support that fuel teaching, learning and research for every Husky and our community of global users.

Though the Class of ’24 is moving out into the world, you can honor them and have an impact on the Huskies to come by giving to one of these priorities –

Libraries Excellence Fund

Libraries Student Employee Scholarship Endowed Fund

Libraries Catalyst Endowed Fund

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New Interdisciplinary and Technology-Rich Space Opened September 2023

Open Scholarship Commons Launched September 2023

In 2023, the Open Scholarship Commons (OSC) has seen its full vision come to life with the creation of a physical space inside Suzzallo Library.

The OSC space transforms a highly visible part of Suzzallo Library from traditional study and stack space to an active, innovative, community-engaged, and interdisciplinary space supporting the full research life cycle.

Explore Our Priorities and Projects

Learn More about UW Press

Author Lisa Hoffman with her recent book, Becoming Nisei: Japanese American Urban Lives in Prewar Tacoma, coauthored by Mary Hanneman

UW Press publishes award-winning scholarship and books about Pacific Northwest history and culture that bring the stories of our region to the world. We also offer scores of book events with authors each year that encourage public understanding and discussion.

From combating misinformation with robustly peer-reviewed publications to diversifying the publishing industry to co-creating materials for Indigenous revitalization, UW Press touches many lives on UW campuses, in our local communities, and around the world.  Read about the UW Press in Action.

Your gift helps bring important new books to life—books that change the way we learn, think and act. Visit our website to learn more about our work advancing scholarly publishing.

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Ways to Give

Ways to give

Giving directly online is the most secure, efficient and rapid way to make your gift. Support the Libraries’ priority fund here, or choose what best fits your interests from among many options by clicking “Funds” in the menu bar at the top of this page.

Give Now

Make personal, IRA, or donor-advised-fund checks out to “UW Foundation” and mail to:
Gift Services
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE
Box 359505
Seattle, WA  98195-9505

On the memo line of all checks write in “For Libraries” and the name of the fund if you know it. Do not use staples to attach checks, cash or supporting documents.

For questions about how to insure that your gift is credited accurately, contact us at

To make a gift over the phone, call Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm:

What is your passion? Create your own endowment to build a lasting legacy and support the UW in perpetuity.

Contact Sheryl Stiefel
Assistant Dean of University Libraries for Advancement or 206-685-1973.

Books and other materials enrich our collections. For information on how to make a non-cash gift that will support our students and faculty, contact Alex H. Kim 206-543-1859 Monday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. PST/PDT |

Learn More about Donating items

Help UW Libraries enhance the student experience, support research and ensure the preservation of the past and present for tomorrow through a gift in your will or estate plans. Contact Amy Scott, Director for Planned Giving 206-685-3289 |, for information about ways to include UW Libraries in your legacy planning.

Create your legacy

Considering donating gifts of securities to UW Libraries? Use this step-by-step PDF or contact Robert Bradshaw, 206-685-3814 |

Stocks and Securities

The Friends of the Libraries are dedicated community members with a passion for libraries.

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See what areas you’ve supported in the past.

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