Library Privileges

The University of Washington's Library System provides a rich collection of research tools to our community. These include access to a large collection of technical volumes in computer science and computer engineering as well as journals and conference proceedings. In addition, the libraries provide access to many of the premiere technical databases that permit searches for material based on authors, titles, keywords, etc.. Query matches include abstracts and more and more the entire text of the paper or article.

Borrowing privileges do not include access to UW-restricted services such as inter-library loan, document delivery and remote access to databases.

For interested CS&E Affiliate members currently in good standing, the department will help make available the research resources of the University of Washington library system. The department will pay the first $100.00 for an initial borrowers card (any additional cards, at a cost of $25.00 each, will be the responsibility of the affiliate company).

The University's regulations for qualification for this service follow. Although some of the Library's services are available even at public libraries in the area, there are many others - most importantly, on-line search - that are not. Of course, the Department will lend a hand in streamlining the process of getting access. Just let us know if you are interested by sending us some e-mail.

University of Washington Library Borrowing Regulations

The University of Washington Libraries are primarily funded to provide for the research and curricular needs of University of Washington faculty, students, and staff. Individuals who are not affiliated with the University may use materials in the Libraries and through interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan is a service that is available through the individual's local library (academic, public, or special library.)

Borrowing privileges are extended to non-affiliated individuals who qualify under the following guidelines. Borrowing privileges may be obtained from the Library Cashier upon application and demonstration of eligibility. Application and demonstration of eligibility must be submitted for the renewal of borrowing privileges.

Organizations and businesses which have need for research purposes of material not available from other libraries will be granted borrowing privileges for a non-refundable fee of $100.00 per card per year or $30.00 per card for 3 months. Additional cards in the name of the same principal borrower can be issued for a fee of $25.00 per card. These proxy cards will expire the same day as the principal borrower card. The principal borrower assumes responsibility for return of material and payment of library charges for all cards issued in his/her name. A letter on official letterhead must be submitted demonstrating need.

Letter of Application

An individual wishing to apply for borrowing privileges as outlined in these guidelines should submit a letter of application that addresses the following:

  • why interlibrary loan and onsite access to the UW collections is not adequate for research needs,
  • the general nature of an individual's research,
  • expected outcome of the research, and
  • the nature of the organization or business, if applicable.

Normally, a letter would be sent directly to the library at the address below, however, you can send us the information via e-mail and we'll get the process started.

Library Cashier
Suzzallo Library
University of Washington
Box 352900
Seattle, Washington 98195-2900

Questions about borrowing privileges can be directed to the Library Cashier at (206) 543-1174. The Library Cashier is open Monday through Friday. Office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the quarter and 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the interim. The office is closed on holidays.