Yes. According to the UW Face Coverings policy, face coverings are required to be worn indoors, regardless of vaccination status, when other people are present and in all public and common areas, such as lobbies, hallways, stairways, restrooms, elevators, and in shared vehicles.
A mask dispenser is located at the entrance to the library. Mask are also available at the Questions? Ask Here! station located in the lobby of the Campus Library.
No. Whether in a group or alone in a study room masks are required to be worn. Study rooms are considered public spaces within the building. Study rooms are also highly popular and often with back-to-back reservations. There is not enough time between reservations for the air to properly circulate. For the safety of all library users, masks are required to be worn in study rooms.
No. Study rooms are still considered public spaces within the Campus Library building and masks are required even if you are alone in the room. Study rooms are also highly popular and often with back-to-back reservations. There is not enough time between reservations for the air to properly circulate. For the safety of all library users, masks are required to be worn in study rooms.
A face covering will protect you and others, and meets state requirements when it:
The following types do not provide adequate protection and do not meet state requirements:
A mask dispenser is available at the entrance to the library building. For more information on choosing and wearing masks properly, please review the Facemasks Focus Sheet.
No. We know this change in our policy is frustrating and inconvenient. It's frustrating for us too.
Based on guidance from Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), the Campus Library building and study rooms are not designated eating spaces.
When face coverings are removed for eating and drinking an individual will release more respiratory droplets and small particles (aerosols) while chewing, breathing, laughing, and speaking. If a person is infected with COVID-19, the respiratory droplets and aerosols they exhale can contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus which have the potential to expose others.
Because of this, EHS has created designated eating spaces on campus that are specially equipped with air purifiers, increased airflow, tables spaced to encourage distancing, and enhanced cleaning to reduce transmission of the COVID-19 virus while individuals are unmasked and eating.
Although Facilities has increased airflow throughout the building and study rooms, the Campus Library is not a designated eating space and the building lacks these additional safety measures.
The closest designated eating space is the North Creek Events Center.
We appreciate your help in maintaining a safe studying and working environment for all by wearing a mask and refraining from eating while in the Campus Library and study rooms.
Yes and no. To help support the face covering requirement, adjusting your mask for a few seconds to sip a beverage is allowed. Removing your mask for an extended amount of time to leisurely drink a beverage is not allowed.
To miniminze the potential of COVID-19 transmission, please review the UW's Eating and Drinking Guidance.
The symptoms of COVID-19 may include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, headache, muscle aches, chills, loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.
If you have any of these symptoms, stay home and get tested - even if you are vaccinated.
If you are sick with any potential illness, you must stay home, regardless of your vaccination status.
Consult the COVID-19 Flowchart to know when to report illness and close contact exposure, when to get tested, and when to stay home.
Yes. Several hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the Campus Library buiding. Hand sanitizer is also available along the public services desk and in the Information Commons on the first floor of the library to use before or after interactions with library staff, printing, and using computers.
Cleaning supplies will be supplied in public spaces throughout the Campus Library building. Students and visitors are welcome to use these supplies to clean surfaces in the study rooms before and/or after use.
Facilities staff will continue daily cleaning of library spaces, including study rooms, and add increased frequency of cleaning high touch points.
Cleaning supplies will be supplied in public spaces throughout the Campus Library building. Students and visitors are welcome to use these supplies to clean study table and carrel surfaces before and/or after use.
Facilities staff will continue daily cleaning of library spaces, including study tables and carrels, and add increased frequency of cleaning high touch points
High touch surfaces can include tables, handrails, faucets, doorknobs, light switches, kitchen appliances, drinking fountains, and shared equipment and computer workstations.
No. The Campus Library building does not have windows that open. However, building airflow has been adjusted to allow for the maximum amount of outside airflow.
Air dryers in the restroom are safe to use, and all three UW campuses have been authorized to keep the hand dryers in place. The CDC recommends that after hands are washed with soap and water that they be dried thoroughly with an approved drying method, which includes paper towels or hand blowers. Please visit the CDC website for more information.
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Land Acknowledgment: The University of Washington Bothell & Cascadia College Campus Library occupies Land that has been inhabited by Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial. Specifically, this campus is located on Sammamish Land from which settler colonists forcibly removed Coast Salish Peoples to reservations in the mid-19th century. Today, descendants of the Sammamish are members of several Coast Salish communities.