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Research Guides

Resource Sharing

a. Related local and regional collections:

The collection of the Elisabeth C. Miller Library, located at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, contains over 14,000 books on gardening techniques, selecting and growing ornamental plants, vegetable and herb gardening, pests and diseases, garden design and history, gardens to visit, horticulture in an urban environment, botany and plant ecology, and native floras from around the world. It features books by Pacific Northwest authors specific to gardening, horticulture, native plants, ecosystems and habitats of the region. With registration, the Miller Library is open to the public for borrowing.

The Seattle Public Library and the King County Library System have more popular materials about the Pacific Northwest, including filed guides for identifying flora and fauna, works about the natural history of the region, and gardening.

Washington State University, main campus in Pullman, WA, collects extensively in agricultural sciences, animal husbandry and veterinary medicine.

b. Cooperative loan arrangements:

The Center for Research Libraries provides access to foreign dissertations, newspapers, retrospective serials, and other research materials. The UW is a member of the Orbis-Cascade Alliance. UW faculty, staff and students may request materials from other Orbis-Cascade Alliance members through Interlibrary Loan.

c. Cooperative acquisition projects:

The University of Washington Libraries make recommendations to the The Center for Research Libraries for the purchase of materials not in the biology collection. Informal cooperative collection development with other Orbis-Cascade libraries is practiced on a minor level. The Orbis-Cascade e-book project allows UW patrons to view/acquire electronic books that are accessible to and jointly-owned by all member libraries.