Tateuchi East Asia Library

Renovating a beloved and iconic campus space


The Tateuchi East Asia Library is one of the preeminent East Asia libraries in North America. We believe deeply in improving international understanding and knowledge of Asian cultures and are committed to ensuring that the Tateuchi East Asia Library remains a global resource for teaching and learning about East Asia.

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.

East Asia Library

George Beckmann Reading Room

Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration, 2020

It is an exciting time of innovation and transition for research libraries. Not since the late 19th century have libraries experienced the level of growth and change we are experiencing now: a virtual explosion of information ranging from the creation and curation of new data to the discovery of traditional materials that date to the dawn of printing.

Since the Tateuchi East Asia Library moved into historic Gowen Hall in 1976, the way we use libraries has changed significantly. In order to continue to meet the evolving interdisciplinary information needs of students, faculty, visiting scholars and community users, a new vision and renovation is needed for our space.

While retaining and honoring our historic architectural setting, we will create a 21st century library to support modern academic and community needs, including access to both digital and traditional resources.


Rendering Reading Room

The renovation will add more spaces for quiet study, collaborative research, public presentations and in-demand services to help students and researchers succeed.

With your help, we can create an East Asia library for the patrons of today and of the future—one that will enable active learning, respond to rapid changes in the creation of curation and information and help recruit and retain world-class librarians, faculty and researchers.

Your support will create a library that will be the most innovative East Asia library in the world and nurture scholars committed to increasing understanding and knowledge of this important region.

See the Renovation Renderings

The virtual walk-through below provides a preview of the proposed renovation to the Tateuchi East Asia Library

Leave Your Mark

The following naming opportunities are available for the Tateuchi East Asia Library spaces and endowed librarian positions. To acknowledge your generous investment, each named space will feature recognition signage. Consider making your gift to honor or memorialize loved ones.


Director, Tateuchi East Asia Library

$2 million

Librarian positions

$1 million each

  • Chinese Studies Librarian
  • Japanese Studies Librarian
  • Korean Studies Librarian


Community Conference Room (up to 30 people)

$1 million

Large Seminar Room (up to 60 people)


Presentation Place (up to 150 seated guests)


Staff Break Room


TEAL Staff Offices

$125,000 each

If you are interested in supporting the Tateuchi East Asia Library Renovation contact Sheryl Stiefel, Assistant Dean of University Libraries for Advancement sstiefel@uw.edu 206-685-1973 or Hyokyoung Yi, Interim Director, Tateuchi East Asia Library hkyi@uw.edu 206-543-6603.