UW-Madison: Academics: Undergraduate Catalog


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 of seconds.

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 sciences).

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.

College Library
Memorial Library
Arts and Humanities
Life Sciences
Physical Sciences
Social Sciences
Other Libraries

College Library

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.

Memorial Library

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

Memorial Library
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.

Life Sciences

Biology Library
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.

Steenbock Library
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.

Physical Sciences

Astronomy Library (Woodman)
6521 Sterling Hall, 262-1320
Astronomy and astrophysics.

Chemistry Library
2361 Chemistry Building, 262-2942
Analytical, inorganic, organic, physical, and theoretical chemistry.

Geology-Geophysics Library
440 Weeks Hall, 262-8956
Geology, geophysics, oceanography.

Mathematics Library
B224 Van Vleck, 262-3596
Math, mathematical statistics, computer science.

Physics Library
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.

Wendt Library
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.

Social Sciences

Memorial Library
The primary library for the social sciences (listed above).

Archives (UW-Madison)
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.

Business Library
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.

Geography Library
280 Science Hall, 262-1706
Geography and cartography.

Historical Society Library (State Historical Society)
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 relations, photojournalism.

Land Tenure Center Library
434 Steenbock Library, 262-1240
Third World agricultural development and agrarian reform.

Law Library
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 areas.

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.

Other Libraries

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.

Copyright © 1996 The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.

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