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COVID-19 Updates

Status and What's Open

In alignment with the statewide Safe Start Plan, the UW Bothell and Cascadia College campus remains in Phase 2 with most classes online and most staff working remotely.

The UW Libraries Phased Reopening Chart provides an overview of library services from Phase 2 forward.

UW Libraries response to new WA State guidance for libraries (October 9, 2020)

Librarian Chat Available AVAILABLE 24/7
Contact-Free Pickup Service Available AVAILABLE
Book Returns Some Availability SOME OPEN
Course Reserves Some Availability ONLINE ONLY
Library Laptop Checkout Some Availability SOME AVAILABLE
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Some Availability SOME AVAILABLE
Due Dates Not Available POSTPONED
Campus Library Building Not Available CLOSED


Building Access - CLOSED

The library building is closed and will remain closed during Phase 2 based on the protocols outlined within University of Washington COVID-19 Safe Start Phases.

UW Libraries response to New WA State guidance for libraries (October 9, 2020)

Borrowing Library Items - AVAILABLE

Access to the UW Libraries physical collection is available through Contact-Free "Curbside" Pickup Service.

Some of the collection and services are still unavailable: SummitUW Article Scanning ServicesScan for Canvas Service & Physical Course ReservesHome Delivery and Departmental Delivery.

Interlibrary Loan services is limited to electronic articles and other electronic materials only.

UW Libraries have many online resources (eBooks, eVideos, scholarly and news articles) available that can assist with teaching and learning.  See our Online Learning Support pages For Students and For Faculty for more information.

Returning Library Items - SOME OPEN

The Campus Library book returns are open 24/7:

  • Drive up book return (accessible from Campus Way NE)
  • Library building exterior book return (accessible from the Promenade level)

To return a Campus Library laptop, please visit our laptops page.

Additional UW Libraries book returns may be currently open. Visit the UW Libraries Returning Materials & Book Returns page for open book return locations.


The Campus Library circulates laptops to UWB students, which may be available for checkout during the building closure. For more details, or if you need to return the laptop prior to its due date, visit our laptops page.

UWB IT is also now offering a laptops and internet hotspots as a part of their equipment checkout service, and UWB students can get more information on their page at

Cascadia also offers laptops as a part of their equipment checkout service and Cascadia students can get more information on the availability of this service at

Course Reserves - ONLINE ONLY

With user safety and equitable access in mind, no physical materials (books and media) will be placed on course reserves for Fall 2020.

Because library staff are working remotely and the library building remains closed, scanning and digitization services are not available until further notice.

Visit the Course Reserves guide for more information.

Due Dates & Fines - POSTPONED

Upcoming due dates have been adjusted when possible.  If you have items checked out, please continue to renew them if possible. 

  • Step-by-step instructions on how to renew items are available from the Renewing Materials page of our FAQ guide.
  • If you are unable to keep library items, please email  

 Overdue fines accrued between March 6, 2020 and the day the Libraries re-open will be canceled.*

*Campus Library laptops excluded.

WiFi Access

The Washington State Department of Commerce has published a list of drive-in hotspots available all across the state. 

Gifts - Donations

For the safety of library staff, donations of physical items for our collection will not be accepted at this time.


If you have questions about your research or finding research materials, please use the 24/7 Chat With a Librarian service for immediate research help.

If you have any questions about library materials currently checked out to you, fines, due dates, placing requests, or renewing items, please email

If you have questions about laptops, please contact Library Technology Services at or 425-352-3145.