May 27, 2022

Starbucks is Planning to Open a 4000 Square-Foot Coffehouse Inside the University of Washington’s Suzzallo Library

From the U. of Washington:

The University of Washington and Starbucks Coffee Company ― two iconic hometown institutions ― are coming together to create a world-class coffeehouse destination in the historic and iconic Suzzallo Library. The design of the new cafe, set to open this fall, will honor the library’s rich history and legacy, and serve as a warm and welcoming space for the thousands of students, faculty, staff and guests who visit the library each day.


Artist Rendering of Starbucks Location Located Inside Suzzallo Library (Source: U. of Washington)

Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson, vice provost for digital initiatives and dean of University Libraries, said, “We are pleased that Starbucks will be showcasing not only their coffee and environment, but that they are integrating the design elements of the historic Suzzallo Library. Henry Suzzallo might be surprised to see a coffee shop in a library, but I think he would be pleased to see students using the library in ways he could not imagine. It would be beyond his wildest dreams.”


For the new cafe at Suzzallo Library, Starbucks store design team worked closely with UW Libraries, UW Housing & Food Services and other campus stakeholders to develop a design that would honor the integrity and heritage of the library, while meeting the growing needs of the campus community. The 4,000-square-foot space will offer a variety of seating options to inspire greater connection between students, faculty and staff, delivering a true coffeehouse destination at the library.

See Also: Take a Virtual Tour of the Suzzallo Library

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