Welcome to Geography Library

Transition Timeline

DECEMBER 23, 2017 – AUGUST 31, 2018

  • Geography Library permanently closed as a SERVICE POINT December 23, 2017.
  • Collection processing will take place in the space through August of 2018.
  • Library materials will temporarily be inaccessible during the processing period.
  • The READING ROOM, STACKS and Hartshorne Conference Room is inaccessible to patrons.
  • The Geography Department and Nelson Institute will provide alternate spaces on a case-by-case basis during the displacement period.

CONTINUED LIBRARIAN PRESENCE

  • Geography Librarian Tom Tews will retain a presence in his current office (280B) in Science Hall to provide continued assistance during and after the library’s closure.
  • Tom will continue to serve as the library liaison to the Geography Department, including collection development and instruction responsibilities.
  • Contact the Geography Librarian Tom Tews to make an appointment for reference assistance during and after the library’s closure.

MAP LIBRARY

  • The transformation plan will not impact hours or services available in the Robinson Map Library.

LOOK for continued updates and stories this winter on the transitioning process and plans.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      WHERE WILL MATERIALS FROM THE GEOGRAPHY LIBRARY GO?

      Several Libraries around campus will intake the materials from Geography or they will be transferred to storage based on frequency of use.

      WHY THE NEED FOR CHANGE?

      This transition and transformation of the Geography Library space is part of the Libraries’ overall consolidation efforts across campus. It is a coordinated effort in partnership with the Department of Geography to overhaul the space to make it more flexible and accessible for students and faculty, while still providing the services and materials the libraries offer in other locations.

      WHAT ABOUT THE CARTOGRAPHY LAB?

      A transformation of the UW Cartography Lab is part of the vision for the new space. Finding a new way to shape that space, while maintaining the creative and comfortable culture that is so deeply enjoyed is a key component to how plans for this space will be executed.