UW Health Sciences Library

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

The University of Washington Health Sciences Library (HSL) plans to re-open for all patrons in a limited capacity on Monday, September 13. This date is subject to change based on public health guidelines from UW and local, county, and state government.

Starting Saturday, August 14th, face coverings are required in all UW indoor spaces, including HSL, regardless of vaccination status, and must be worn at all time while inside the building. Patrons not wearing a mask will not be allowed to enter HSL.

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






Librarian consultations

Contact your school's liaison librarian to schedule an appointment. Zoom consultations are prioritized to minimize the spread of the virus.


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

Interlibrary Loan / Request a book or article

Interlibrary loan is processing requests for most physical materials.

Book stacks

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

Group study rooms

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


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

After hours access
All patrons must exit HSL outside of opening hours.
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.


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


Am I allowed to eat or drink while in HSL?

Patrons are currently NOT allowed to eat or drink while inside of HSL. Food and drinks can be consumed outside, in the UW Medical Center cafe (link), etc.?

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.

What cleaning/disinfection steps?

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.




 Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED



 Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

 Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

 Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.