Tioga Library Building

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Tioga Library Building

Physical address

1907 Jefferson Avenue [map]

Do not send mail to this address. The mailing address for all UW Tacoma offices is 1900 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA 98402-3100.

Building hours

Classrooms and academic space
Space Room
Classroom TLB 109
Classroom TLB 115
Offices and services
Office Room
Center for Data Science TLB 307C
Center for Leadership and Social Responsibility TLB 307C
Center for the Study of Community and Society TLB 307C
Institutional Research TLB 307C
Library TLB 100/TLB 200
Office of Research TLB 307C
Veteran & Military Resource Center TLB 307A
Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) TLB 307A


Tioga Building
Built 1890
Renovated 1978

Tioga Library Building
Built: 2012

The original Tioga Building is the most significant — and only enduring — structure on this side of the block. Built in 1890 for the Richmond-Stoppenbach Paper Company and designed by Roth & Co., the three-story brick building resembles many of its original neighbors in both style and purpose.

The building’s tenants have been primarily wholesalers and manufacturers of everything from brooms to overalls to machine parts. The most famous occupant was Jet Equipment & Tools, a manufacturer of woodworking and metalworking tools. Jet opened in 1958 and quickly grew to occupy the entire building, another next door and a large warehouse across 21st Street. At one time, it was one of the 100 largest companies in the state.

Jet extensively remodeled the building’s interior in the late 1970s to convert it to offices and also rebuilt the first floor facade. In 1988, Jet was acquired by a Swiss company who moved its operations to Tennessee.

The site of the Tioga Library Building was originally a feed and grain warehouse, similar in size to the Tioga, that burned down in 1933. A one-story cement-block manufacturing building was constructed on the site in 1952. That building was demolished for the new construction.

The Tioga Library Building is connected to the Snoqualmie Building — the UW Tacoma Library’s original home — by a skybridge over the Prairie Line railroad tracks that once served these warehouses.

The Tioga Library Building was designed by THA Architects.