UW Health Sciences Library

Masks are optional while in the library.

UPDATED: 3/25/2024

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Commons Renovation

What is happening? 

The HSL Commons is getting an upgrade as part of the T-Wing renovation project that’s affecting several floors of the Magnuson T-Wing. As part of this, all chairs, tables, computers, screens, etc. from the Commons/classrooms must be removed prior to May 10. This space will be unavailable to users from early May – December. We plan to set up a small lab with 3-6 computers on the second floor of the library, in T216.

When is it happening? 

Construction is anticipated to begin in mid-May and last through December. Updates will continue to be available at this page.

How will HSL spaces be affected? 

The testing center will be closed during this time, and the Commons area will be closed. Plastic sheeting will be up, preventing access to the Commons space. We’re still not sure about access to the 3rd floor bathrooms during this time.

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

Where do I find more information? 

There is already a notice on the Commons page for users of that space. We are also maintaining this page, where we’ll continue to post updates.


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Library Cost Study

The UW Management Accounting & Analysis Office is conducting an anonymous survey to determine how library services and materials are used. Data collected will be used to meet federal reporting requirements.

Cost Study FAQ

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.

Fall Quarter 2023


Monday - Friday:
7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday:
Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Holiday Hours

Health Sciences Library will be CLOSED on the following dates:

Thanksgiving Day, Nov 23
Native American Heritage Day, Nov 24th
Post-holiday Weekend, Nov 25th & 26th
Health Sciences Library will close early--5:00p.m.--on the following dates:

Day before Thanksgiving, Nov 22
Last day Fall Quarter, Dec 15