UW Health Sciences Library

A face mask is required for everybody using HSL spaces, regardless of vaccination status, in compliance with UW and UW Medicine guidelines.

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library (HSL) is now open for UW users with a valid Husky card.

For more information about other UW Libraries buildings, visit the UW Libraries COVID-19 Updates Page.

HSL Services

Service In-Person Online Unavailable
Librarian consultations

Contact your health sciences librarian to schedule an appointment. Zoom consultations are prioritized to minimize the spread of the virus.

in person access available online access available
Librarian instruction

Contact your health sciences librarian to discuss availability and organize a class instruction. Remote teaching is preferred to minimize the spread of the virus.

in person access available online access available
HathiTrust

UW access to the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Services will end on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.

online access ending soon
Interlibrary Loan / Request a book or article

Interlibrary loan is processing requests for most physical materials.

online access available
Book stacks

Access to the HSL physical collection will reopen on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.

currently not available
Group study rooms

Ten study rooms on the second floor are available for reservation up to two weeks in advance (valid UW NetID required).

in person access available
Computers

Computers in public areas on the second and third floors are available for use.

in person access available
After hours access for Health Sciences students

UW Health Sciences students can access HSL 24/7 using their Husky card.

in person access available
Writing Center

The Odegaard Writing Center is open for online and in-person consultations. However, the HSL-based satellite office will remain closed during Fall 2021.

limited in-person access online access available
REDCap

Weekly REDCap classes hosted through TRAIL will be held online during Fall 2021.

online access available

FAQ

Is there a capacity limit? Is socially distancing required?
HSL has and will continue to closely follow guidelines set by UW Environmental Health & Safety Department (EHS) on social distancing. At current time, EHS has not recommended social distancing requirements. Should they do so, HSL will reconfigure the Library to allow patrons to effectively study while maintaining social distance.
Who has after-hours access to HSL?

After-hours student access privileges are provided and maintained by the UW Health Sciences Schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Social Work). Please contact your school's Student Services office for more information.
What cleaning/disinfection steps is HSL taking?
HSL is following cleaning protocols set by EHS. HSL staff and the Health Sciences Education Building custodial department are regularly sanitizing high touch surfaces. Patrons are responsible for sanitizing computer workstations with provided disinfectant wipes. All physical materials returned to the Libraries are quarantined for 24 hours.
Am I going to receive a fine for materials I've had since UW closed?
Overdue fines accrued between March 6, 2020 and the day the Libraries re-open will be cancelled.

Opening Hours

SEPTEMBER 13 - SEPTEMBER 26

Monday - Friday:
Husky card access: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Staffed hours: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday:
CLOSED

SEPTEMBER 27 - DECEMBER 17

Monday - Thursday:
Husky card access: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Staffed hours: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday:
Husky card access: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Staffed hours: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday:
CLOSED

DECEMBER 18 - JANUARY 2, 2022

Monday - Friday
Husky card access: 8:00am - 5:00 p.m.
Staffed hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
CLOSED