Visitor Information

The UW-Madison Libraries emphasize service and see over 4,000,000 visitors every year. Library staff take an active interest in serving the teaching, research and scholarly activities of UW System students, faculty, staff, and the citizens of Wisconsin as well as visiting scholars.

Visiting the Libraries

Using the collections

Print collections

UW-Madison campus libraries are open to the general public and visitors are welcome to explore and use our extensive collections. Visitors to Memorial Library must present valid photo identification with a current address to obtain a daily Visitor’s Pass.  For more information about visiting individual campus libraries, see Campus Libraries.

Some physical materials, especially older or seldom used materials, may not be immediately available when you visit.  To help insure items are available when you arrive, consult the Library Catalog for the current location.  If items are at the UW-Madison Shelving Facility, use the Place Request service to have materials held for you at your preferred library location.  Also, contact the individual libraries for additional information or clarification on obtaining the materials you need.

It may also be possible to borrow UW-Madison library materials without coming to campus.  See other options for those not affiliated with UW-Madison.

Online resources

UW-Madison Libraries offer onsite access to online and digital resources, services and tools at public  computers including:

Wisconsin residents may also access selected electronic resources without traveling to Madison by using Badgerlink and other local library resources.

Members of the Wisconsin Alumni Association also have access to selected electronic resources via their WAA Membership.

Access to other library resources

Computers and wireless access

  • Library visitors may use public library computers to access most UW-Madison Libraries’ online or electronic resources. Visitors may also use the free campus wifi with personal devices to access these and other resources.

Copying/printing/scanning

  • Many campus libraries have copiers and/or scanners which allow visitors to scan and save or email pdf files.  There is no charge for this service.
  •  Photocopying and printing from library computers is also available. A library DebitCard is used for payment and may be purchased from vending machines available in most libraries.

Request library tours / group visits

Many of the libraries offer tours of their buildings and collections for individuals and groups, as well as special presentations for school groups. To help us plan for your visit, please contact the Library & Information Literacy office or the individual campus library directly.