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Free Materials Library

Established in 2021 with generous support from the College of Arts and Sciences and donations from our alumni community, the UW School of Art + Art History + Design Free Materials Library contains new and gently used art supplies and books for current art, art history and design students.

Students are invited to take up to 5 items per visit. If you think of something you would like added to the library, you can make a suggestion when you sign in.


The Free Materials Library is located in Room 318 of the Art Building.

Spring Quarter 2024 Hours

The Free Materials Library is open Monday and Wednesday 1 - 4pm, and Tuesday and Thursday 10 - 1pm; please check the Instagram page for updates.

Free Materials Library on Instagram

For updates on inventory and more, follow the Free Materials Library on Instagram.

Have a project made with items from the FML? Post a picture and tag us @uw_free_mat_lib or hashtag #uw_free_mat_lib. We can’t wait to see what you create!


New and gently used art and design supplies are highly sought after by our students. We also welcome donations of books related to art, art history and design. We currently teach classes on painting, drawing, ceramics, glass, sculpture, photography, videoart, printmaking, social practice, industrial design, visual communication design and interaction design.

NOTE: We cannot accept donations of any aerosol sprays or chemical-based solvents.

Bring items to Room 104 of the Art Building from 9am–noon or 1–3pm, Monday through Friday. Staff can also meet you in the loading dock area to receive donations so that you don’t have to park. Call the Advising Office at 206-543-0646 to make arrangements.

Thank you to our generous donors including:

  • Blick Art Materials
  • UW Recycling


The Free Materials Library is organized by the School's Academic Advising and Student Services Office, Room 104, Art Building. Call 206-543-0646 or email