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Collection Guidelines: Built Environments: Support BEL Collections

This guide provides an outline describing library collection development for the Built Environments Library.


The BEL is grateful to receive gifts from anyone. In the past, these have come from students, faculty, emeritus faculty and local residents. Due to limited storage, we generally can keep only a selection of a collection. If you have a collection of books falling in our collecting interests, please contact Alan Michelson, Head of the BE Library, at or 206.543.7091 for more information. Sometimes donors have inventory records of their libraries, and these are helpful to see. If you wish to drop of a gift, we will ask you to please fill out a Gift Donation form so that we may acknowledge your donation with a letter.

Make a Cash Gift

To make a cash gift to the University of Washington, please see the UW Foundation web site.

Other Library Giving Options

If you are interested in donating to the UW Libraries as a whole, please visit the "How to Give" page.


Office of Advancement
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA 98195-2900


Tel: 206-616-8397

Archival and manuscript donations can be made to the UW Libraries Special Collections Division, who collect a wide range of Pacific Northwest, Washington State, national and international subjects.


Allen Library South, Basement
Box 352900
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-2900

Email: web form

Tel: 206.543.1929