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Free Materials Library

We look forward to safely returning to in-person instruction and activities this autumn quarter. Current and prospective students please visit our COVID-19 Updates pages.
Submitted on October 2, 2021 - 7:08pm

A new resource for School students opened this autumn. It contains new and gently used materials and books that students may choose for use in their classes. This is an effort to support students and promote access to our majors.


Visit the Free Materials Library in room 120 of the Art Building during its open hours, which are posted outside the door. This quarter they are:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:30am–12pm
  • Tuesday, Thursday: 11:30am–1:30pm

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


We welcome donations of new or lightly used art supplies and/or art history textbooks.

What is needed

All art supplies are welcome. The following items are particularly useful in our entry-level classes for drawing, painting, photo, ceramics, and design.

  • Drawing pencils, especially HB, B, 2B, 4B
  • Kneaded erasers
  • Metal pencil sharpener
  • Drawing pads 400 series, 18x24"
  • 1” roll masking tape
  • Drawing boards, 23x26"
  • Vine charcoal
  • Pottery tools – wire tools, small sponges, ribs, wooden modeling tools, rubber ribs
  • Large car washing sponges
  • 1-2 gallon buckets
  • B/W photo paper
  • Tripods
  • Backdrop paper
  • White foam core for bouncing light
  • Digital printing paper
  • Back drop paper
  • Used digital cameras
  • Portable flash units
  • DIY lighting – clip reflectors
  • 12x18" cutting mat
  • 18” ruler
  • X-Acto knife - # 11 blade
  • 30/60 plastic triangle
  • Pik-up Rubber Cement Eraser
  • Grafix Artist-Tac
  • Black Artagain Pad – 9x12"
  • Mechanical drafting pencils
  • 4” brayer – hard
  • Bristol board (300-400 series) 19x24"

Additional Requested Items

  • Alligator clips
  • Beads
  • Books:
    • Design books
    • Industrial design books
    • Modern art books
  • Canvas
  • Clay
  • Crochet hooks
  • Cutting mats
  • Embroidery thread
  • Erasers
  • Fabric
  • Gamasol
  • Glue dots
  • Heat bond iron adhesive
  • Notebooks/sketchbooks
  • Paper:
    • Colored construction paper
    • Drawing paper
    • Metallic paper
    • Photography print paper
  • Paper pads:
    • Newsprint paper pad
    • Strathmore drawing paper pad
  • Pencils: 
    • 6b
    • 8b
    • Graphite
  • Pens and markers:
    • Alcohol markers
    • Colored markers/pens
    • Metallic markers
    • Paint pens
  • Post It notes
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needles
  • Silcoil jar
  • Sponges
  • String lights
  • Tape:
    • Artist tape
    • Double-sided tape
    • Masking tape
  • Waterproof sketch pad bags
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters

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

How to donate

Bring items to room 104 of the Art Building from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday.

Staff can also meet you in the loading dock to pick up donations. Arrange that by using the contact information below.

Be sure to bring a mask. They are required inside all UW buildings and when in close contact with others.


The Free Materials Library is organized by the School's Academic Advising and Student Services staff in room 104 of the Art Building. Contact them by calling 206-543-0646 or sending an email.