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The Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System have extensive collections of English and American Contemporary popular literature, such as science fiction, fantasy fiction, historical fiction, romance fiction and teen literature. The Contemporary Literature Collection at Simon Fraser University Library contains materials for the study of recent English language literature. The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. is the major resource for the study of Canadian literature in the Pacific Northwest.
The Libraries actively participates in regional and national cooperative collection development efforts which enhance the range of resources available to UW students, faculty, and staff while conserving precious funds for local acquisitions. These include:
Center for Research Libraries (CRL). This organization acquires research material in print, microform, and electronic formats on behalf of its members, including foreign dissertations, newspaper archives, and other important but infrequently used resources. In addition, the UW Libraries participates in several initiatives of CRL's Global Resources Program that focus on international scholarly resources, such as news, government publications, and technical reports. Two other CRL programs offer UW scholars access to resources that are not owned by the UW Libraries or by CRL. Requests should meet a specific research or teaching need and total no more than $2,000 annually.
Orbis Cascade Alliance. Collaboration among members of this regional consortium expands the print resources available to UW scholars through Summit, the Alliance joint catalog. The Orbis Cascade e-book program allows UW patrons to view electronic books that are accessible to and jointly owned by all member libraries.
As members of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), the UW Libraries collaborates with other research libraries to ensure long-term access to microform and print serials whether or not a digital surrogate exists. Shared responsibility for maintaining retrospective print holdings enables the Libraries to better manage its own collections space.