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Allen Library South
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Find your favorite library space

Need absolute quiet for reading? Prefer bustling social spaces for getting work done? There are over a dozen Libraries across campus, and they're all available for you to use, whether you need a place to read, meet with colleagues, or use technology.  Here are two suggestions:

Engineering Library

The UW Engineering Library is the closest Library to the College of Engineering buildings. There are four floors of group and individual study space, computer workstations, scanners, whiteboards, and books, journals and technical reports.

Talk. Share. Connect. Research. The Research Commons

The Research Commons, located on the ground floor of Allen Library South, provides a collaborative environment in which students and faculty can come together to share and discuss research, as well as get support for all steps of the research process: searching, writing, publishing, funding.  It is a place for workshop and presentation opportunities, and a place to discover what your peers and colleagues are researching.  Check the Research Commons website for hours, upcoming events, and more.

Re-fuel at Suzzallo Market & Espresso

Eat. Drink. Free Wi-Fi.  Located at the Red Square end of Suzzallo Library.

Tap into technology

From computer repair to discounts on software to UW's own Google apps, the University provides access to a wide range of tools and services to support your academic work.  Check out some of the top services here

Find Funding

Identify sources for research funding and scholarships through the Grants & Funding Information Service.

Work at home


Connect to Library Resources from Home

Use your UW NetID to search  UW Restricted databases from off campus.  Try the proxy bookmarklet to simplify things!

Chat with a Librarian 24/7

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Technical problems with chat? Submit email question/comment form

View our online tutorials

The Libraries offers many tutorials that will give you brief introductutions to finding information.  Some popular tutorials include "How do I ..." cite sources, connect from off campus, find journal articles, find images and photos, find news articles. 

Connect from off-campus

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Current UW student, faculty, or staff can access any of UW’s online resources from off-campus; make sure you log in before connecting to UW-restricted resources. | Time - 01:09 | Transcript | Play Video