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An american flag with the Federal Depository Library eagle logo in the lower right corner. It is also stamped "Library Document" on the left.

U.S. Senator Watson C. Squire designated the University of Washington as a federal depository library in May 1890. In celebrating the anniversary, we take time to appreciate the collection that began that day, the primary resources of U.S. history, contemporary culture, and legal governance.

Help celebrate 125 years of our designation as a Federal Depository Library by visiting our commemorative exhibit -- or peruse the exhibit's documents  on our student-curated Tumblr. Please join us for a public event to mark this anniversary:


Celebrating 125 Years as a Federal Depository Library
Program & Reception
Monday, May 23, 2016
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (Remarks at 2:15 p.m.)
Smith Room, Suzzallo Library
University of Washington, Seattle, WA


We will bring the library collection to light through brief readings at the event. E-mail or call 206.543.1762 for further information.