The Electronic Library of the
UW-Madison has made it easy to search for information in one of the largest
library systems in the country. Although the collections are distributed
across more than 50 campus locations, students and faculty may search millions
of library catalog records in MadCat, the computer catalog, which is one
of the Electronic Library services. They can find a needed book or journal,
learn where the material is, and see if it is checked out--all in a matter
In addition, the Electronic Library provides access to 30 million citations
in journal and information databases. It also connects to other networks
and services, such as WiscINFO, Internet, and library catalogs worldwide.
Despite technological resources, books and journals remain the bedrock of
the Libraries. The collections of the UW-Madison Libraries include more
than 5.4 million volumes representing human inquiry through all of history.
In addition, there are more than 4 million microfilm items and hundreds
of thousands of government documents, maps, musical scores, audio-visual
materials, and other items housed in libraries across campus.
The UW Libraries also emphasize service. Library staff take an active interest
in teaching people how to use information resources. More than 17,500 students,
staff, and faculty attend library seminars and instruction programs each
year. The programs include tours and hands-on classes about how to use the
computer catalog and how to find specialized information.
InfoLabs located in six major campus libraries provide more than 400 microcomputer
workstations for student use. The libraries with InfoLabs include: College,
Memorial (humanities and social sciences), Middleton (health sciences),
Steenbock (life sciences), Wendt (physical sciences), and Weston (clinical
In addition to the libraries listed here, many smaller specialized libraries
and reading rooms serve the campus community. For more information, contact
the Memorial Library Information Desk at 262-3193, or use the computer catalog,
MadCat, to retrieve information about libraries and their hours. Type p
followed by the name of the library or p all for a list of all libraries.
Arts and Humanities
600 North Park Street, 262-3245
Undergraduates find many of the resources they need at the College Library.
Specialized collections include a college catalog collection, women's and
minority materials, art slides, music and literature tapes, and recreational
reading paperbacks. The main reserve reading room is located on the first
floor. The College Library InfoLab, with 140 Macintosh and PC-compatible
microcomputers, is the largest on campus. Many workstations are equipped
with high-resolution color monitors, CD-ROM drives, and optical disk cartridges.
The library also houses a GUTS tutoring lounge.
728 State Street Mall, 262-3193
Memorial Library serves as the principal research facility on campus for
the humanities and social sciences. It houses the largest single library
collection in the state of Wisconsin--more than three million volumes. In
1994 alone, patrons from all over the world made more than one million visits
to the library. The library catalog, MadCat, provides access to materials
cataloged by staff in Memorial Library and by staff in nearly two dozen
other campus libraries. The library also houses an extensive periodical
collection, a large selection of domestic and foreign newspapers, the University
Archives, study halls, a 120-station InfoLab, and a copy center.
Arts and Humanities
The primary resource in the humanities--described above.
Art Library (Kohler)
260 Elvehjem Museum of Art, 263-2258
Art, architecture, design, decorative arts, graphic arts, photography.
Music Library (Mills)
B162 Memorial Library, 263-1884
Music books and journals, scores, recordings, videocassettes.
B164 Birge Hall, 262-2740
Biology, botany, ecology, natural history, zoology.
Clinical Sciences Center Library (Weston)
600 Highland Ave., J5/120, 263-5340
Located in the Clinical Sciences Center, this is a branch of Middleton Library
(listed below). It houses an up-to-date collection of clinically oriented
books, journals, and audiovisuals.
Health Sciences Library (W.S. Middleton)
1305 Linden Drive, 262-2371
Basic and clinical biomedical sciences, health services administration,
history of the health sciences, clinical and experimental psychology, nursing,
and allied health.
Pharmacy Library (F.B. Power)
Pharmacy, pharmacology, toxicology, biochemistry.
Primate Center Library
1220 Capitol Court, 263-3512
Primatology, reproductive physiology, behavior, animal welfare, neuroscience.
550 Babcock Drive, 262-9635
This library collects materials in agriculture, life sciences, natural resources,
veterinary medicine, family studies, and consumer sciences. Steenbock offers
instructional programs, reserve reading, and photocopy services. Facilities
include group study rooms, an audiovisual center, and a 46-station InfoLab.
Astronomy Library (Woodman)
6521 Sterling Hall, 262-1320
Astronomy and astrophysics.
2361 Chemistry Building, 262-2942
Analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and theoretical chemistry.
440 Weeks Hall, 262-8956
Geology, geophysics, oceanography.
B224 Van Vleck, 262-3596
Math, mathematical statistics, computer science.
4220 Chamberlin Hall, 262-9500
Collection focuses on all areas of physics, including nuclear, atomic, molecular,
high energy, condensed matter, mathematical, plasma, and some astrophysics.
215 North Randall Avenue, 262-3493
This is the primary library for engineering, atmospheric and oceanic sciences,
and computer sciences. Special collections include U.S. patents and a Technical
Reports Center. It also houses a 50-station InfoLab.
The primary library for the social sciences (listed above).
B134 Memorial Library, 262-5629
This collection contains archives and publications from the administrators,
staff, and students of the UW-Madison, UW System, Center campuses, and UW-Extension;
photographs and memorabilia, oral history; and records management.
2200 Grainger Hall, 925 University Avenue, 262-5935
This library for business and management occupies the second and third floors
in the northeast wing of Grainger Hall. It has a seating capacity of more
than 300 and includes 12 group study rooms and two seminar rooms. The book
collection totals more than 40,000 titles plus subscriptions to hundreds
of business journals.
280 Science Hall, 262-1706
Geography and cartography.
Historical Society Library (State
816 State Street, 264-6534
The library collection consists of North American and Wisconsin history,
politics, and related subjects; government publications; newspapers; and
women's and ethnic studies. The library contains more than 2.3 million items
in the field of American history. The collection of nearly 10,000 general-interest
newspapers, dating from the 18th through the 20th centuries, is the second
largest in the country after the Library of Congress. It also houses the
Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research.
Instructional Materials Center (IMC)
301 Teacher Education Building, 225 North Mills Street, 263-4750
This is a collection of more than 55,000 items covering teacher education,
instruction, and children's print and nonprint materials.
Journalism Reading Room (Nieman-Grant)
2130 Vilas Hall, 263-3387
Journalism, mass communications, mass communications law, advertising, public
Land Tenure Center Library
434 Steenbock Library, 262-1240
Third World agricultural development and agrarian reform.
Law Building, 975 Bascom Mall, 262-1128
U.S., Wisconsin, foreign, and international law; criminal justice.
Library and Information Studies Library
4191 Helen C. White Hall, 263-2960
Library science, children's literature.
Map and Air Photo Library (Arthur H. Robinson)
310 Science Hall, 262-1471
Maps and air photos, general coverage worldwide, detailed coverage for selected
Social Science Reference Library (Somers)
8432 Social Science, 262-6195
Industrial relations, economics, sociology, and some anthropology.
Social Work Library (Franks)
236 School of Social Work Building, 1350 University Avenue, 263-3840
This collection focuses on social work, aging, family problems, child abuse,
mental retardation, aging/gerontology, human sexuality, AIDS, counseling,
and alcohol and drug abuse.
Madison Public Library
201 West Mifflin Street, 266-4811
The library and its seven branches have more than 500,000 books and 1,500
newspaper and magazine titles. Reference service is provided by telephone
and in person. Records, compact discs, music books, framed pictures, audio
and videocassettes are also available for check out. Microcomputers with
interactive learning programs are available for in-library use by adults
and children aged 2 and up.
Legislative Reference Bureau
100 North Hamilton, Second Floor, 266-0341
The bureau maintains a library for state government. Although directed primarily
to the needs of Wisconsin legislators, it is also open to the public. It
contains state and federal publications and a voluminous clipping collection,
all cataloged by detailed subject.
UW News and Public Affairs Library
15 Bascom Hall, 262-8280
The library is analogous to a newspaper library with files of information
on all facets of UW-Madison, including most faculty, academic, and administrative
departments, policies, programs, research, history of buildings, student
organizations, and UW-Madison ratings. The information consists of news
releases and news clippings.
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