Owner of used bookstore leaves $700,000 to UW Libraries

Good News For Udub: When Bell died almost two years ago, he left about half his estate to UW Libraries — a sum of about $700,000 — specifying that the endowment be used to preserve the libraries’ special collections.

UW library officials knew Bell left something to the libraries, but expected the amount to be smaller — about $100,000. They learned of the total amount earlier this month. Bell’s estate is likely to be settled soon.