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Operations Updates

HSL is open to current UW students, faculty and staff. A valid Husky Card is required for entry.

UPDATED: 7/18/2024

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Learning Commons Lab/Testing Center Renovation

What is happening?

The HSL Learning Commons Lab is getting an upgrade as part of the Magnuson Health Sciences Center renovation project that’s affecting several floors of the T-Wing. As part of this, all furniture, computers, and equipment from the Learning Commons Lab area and its classrooms have been removed. This space is unavailable to users thru December 2024. We've set up a small lab with 10 computers on the second floor of the library in room T216 which is open during our normal business hours.

When is it happening?

Construction began in May 2024 and is anticipated to last through December 2024.

How will HSL spaces be affected?

The Learning Commons Lab and drop-in area will be closed, with plastic sheeting up to prevent access to the space. We are still not sure about access to the 3rd floor bathrooms during this time. Room T216 is functioning as a temporary Learning Commons Lab during this period. It can accommodate 10 users and can be rented out for testing or meeting uses. Additionally, it has new drop-in hours for students to utilize the space for study, M-F 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more information, visit Room T216.

There will no doubt be construction-related noise during this timeframe. However, we will do our best to inform everyone about the impact as we get information from the construction crews.

What will it look like?

The proposed floor plan of the renovated testing center includes two large testing areas, a student lounge, a study area, a conference room, and smaller testing areas.

Proposed floor plan for the renovated Commons Computer Lab in the UW Health Sciences Library

Renderings of the entryway and student lounge have been provided, but the designs are not finalized. Actual appearance may vary.

Rendering of an open area with tables and chairs.
Rendering of the new entry area showing tables and seating areas.

Related Information

There is a notice on the Learning Commons Labpage for users of that space, and updates will continue to be available on this page.

Additionally, for those interested, we have the History of the Commons page, which walks through the many changes to the Learning Commons Lab space from the 1980s through the present.


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Usage & Access

UW users may access HSL by tapping their Husky card on the card reader at the 2nd floor entrance (T-227) or via the 3rd floor entrance during open hours.

UW Health Sciences students with after-hours access can continue to enjoy this privilege. See the FAQ page for more information.

If you need assistance accessing HSL, call the Information Desk at (206) 543-3390 from the 2nd floor of HSL and staff will assist you.

The HSL 2nd floor is reserved for quiet study. The HSL 3rd floor can be used for collaborative group work.

Visitors with UW borrower cards can access online resources at guest stations where Husky Cards are not required for library entry. Items can be requested for pick up at a UW Libraries hold shelf using the "Request UW Item" button in UW Libraries Search.


Masks are optional in the Health Sciences Library. See the EHS face covering policy for masking requirements in the UW Medical Center and other facilities.

Users can request a face mask from the HSL Information Desk or from Classroom Services, T-Wing Rm. T-291A.

Summer Quarter Hours

June 17 - August 16

Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 6:00 pm.
(Desk Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:50 p.m. )
Saturday - Sunday


Last Day of Quarter
Friday, August 16
7:30 am - 5:00 pm