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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.


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You can learn more about UW Libraries spaces, resources and services from your seat. A Virtual Libraries Tour includes the popular Odegaard Undergraduate Library and Suzzallo & Allen Libraries. Explore UW Libraries via this virtual self-guided tour. Click on “Read Book” to begin the tour. If you do choose to tour UW Libraries 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

Empower UW Libraries Student Employees to Reach the Finish Line

Just as the community in 1936 united behind the UW Rowing team that led to an inspiring Olympic Gold achievement on the world stage, so too can you contribute to Libraries student employees crossing the finish line to their degrees and creating pivotal achievements in the future.

The UW Libraries “crew” includes hundreds of student employees, representing all fields of study, who meet millions of user needs each year. These determined student employees constantly balance their own studies with work. And Libraries would be out of the race without them.

Donors have rallied with us since 1998 to provide student employee scholarships. Despite a record 50 awards last year, a gap remains between applicants and awards available.


Libraries Student Employee Scholarship Endowed Fund to invest in the future
Libraries Student Employee Fund for current support

Watch Student Employee Video

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

Bring New Books to Life

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.

Every gift to the Press 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.

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Make personal, IRA, or donor-advised-fund checks out to “UW Foundation” and mail to:
UW Foundation
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 Carolyn H. Aamot 206-543-1859 |

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 Board is a group of dedicated community members with a passion for libraries.

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