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.




Book stacks Restricted during opening week? Something about requesting ILL? Book returns?

Computers / Commons Computer Lab Computers in public area on the second and third floors are available for use. The Commons Computer Lab remains closed except for scheduled exams.

Group study rooms Ten study rooms on the second floor are available for reservation up to two weeks in advance. A valid UW NetID is required for reservations.

Librarian consultations Link to liaison page?

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.

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

After hours access All after-hours access for UW health sciences students is currently closed. All patrons must exit HSL outside of opening hours.

HathiTrust UW access to the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Services ended on September, ??, 2021.


Am I allowed to eat or drink while in HSL?

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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.

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 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.