LIBRARIES CATALYST FUND FOR INNOVATION

STRIVING FOR A MORE CONNECTED, INFORMED, INSPIRED AND EQUITABLE TOMORROW.

OUR VISION IS TO BE THE LIBRARIES FOR A LIMITLESS FUTURE

YOU ARE THE CATALYST TO GET US THERE

To meet the challenges and opportunities of today and catalyze the breakthroughs of tomorrow, University of Washington Libraries, in partnership with donors, is creating and sharing knowledge that will make our world a more informed, connected and humane place.

To lead the way through a wide-open world of information and opportunity and empower people to think, create and collaborate for the public good.Through permanently endowed and current-use philanthropic funds, the Libraries Catalyst Fund for Innovation will accelerate ambitious and innovative projects that reflect our values.

UW LIBRARIES BY THE NUMBERS

THROUGH THE PANDEMIC

  • 15,500 participants attended
    580 Libraries events and instruction sessions

  • 13,000
    Curbside Pickups

  • 2,700
    Research Consultations

  • 93,500
    items delivered via InterLibrary Loan

What are we doing now?

While many of our buildings have been closed since March 2020, Libraries staff have continued to serve our users through remote instruction, programming, research and clinical support, services, and collections.

Preparing for Fall 2021

We are actively supporting faculty and students throughout spring and summer quarter while simultaneously preparing for a return to in-person learning in the fall.

  • Continuing to build on the success of remote learning with new programs, online services and exhibits, instruction and training.
  • Ensuring that our buildings, staff and protocols are ready to open safely come fall quarter.
  • Working with faculty to select and purchase course materials.
  • Designing orientation programs for incoming freshman, transfer students and parents.

Check out the latest updates and services on the Libraries COVID19 Updates Page

Services

Helpful Links:

 

UW undergraduate student, Jillian Templeton shares her appreciation for UW Libraries through COVID19 and remote learning. Her award-winning video highlights some of the many services available to students.

YOU CAN BE A CATALYST.

The Libraries Catalyst Fund for Innovation supports our focus on PEOPLE, PLACES and PROGRAMS

 

Rare books curator, Sandra Kroupa

People

Human potential for the digital age:
In the modern digital age, we need more people, not fewer, to help us navigate an overwhelming sea of information so it can have the most impact on students, faculty and the world.

Our brilliant and passionate librarians, curators, archivists and student employees are not just keepers of knowledge, they are teachers — imparting critical 21st century research skills that every person needs to succeed in today’s workspace, to spark the pursuit of lifelong learning and to make informed decisions.

Places

Spaces for collaboration and connection: Because every kind of student and subject come together at UW Libraries, our spaces must offer opportunities for collaboration.

We can be a physical and digital hub to make connections between students and faculty, between subjects and between Washington and the world. Through investments in our 16 libraries, we will support the outward-facing programs our communities deserve and the collaborative study spaces our users crave.

Places like the Research Commons, where students can get personalized design help for visualizing data and testing their presentation skills in three-minute thesis competitions.

or the Tateuchi East Asia Library, where every year, more than 70,000 undergraduates, graduate students and faculty enter the Tateuchi Library to study, attend community events and perform research using the library’s unique collections. Even more connect to online databases and electronic collections from around the world.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Programs

Invigorating a community of learners: As we look to a more diverse and open future, we must serve as a voice for the cultures, peoples and histories that have gone untold for too long and make good on our promise to extend knowledge beyond our walls.

By strengthening our commitment to Open Access, diverse collections, digital scholarship  and community programming, we can extend knowledge to a vibrant group of learners, from researchers across the world to first-generation students.

Programs like the We Are History Keepers workshops, a partnership between UW Libraries and the Ethnic Heritage Council, that connects communities with archivists and information specialists to learn how to preserve historical and cultural records and stories.

JOIN US WITH A GIFT TO THE LIBRARIES CATALYST FUND

YOU CAN BE A CATALYST OF KNOWLEDGE FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD