Steenbock Library provides access to an outstanding research-level collection of agriculture, life sciences, veterinary medicine, and human ecology materials.
The library collects in the areas of animal behavior, bacteriology, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, community and environmental sociology, ecology, entomology, evolutionary biology, food science, forestry, genetics, human and animal nutrition, landscape architecture, natural resources, ornithology, plant and animal anatomy, systematics, wildlife and fisheries management, veterinary medicine and zoology, in addition to traditional agricultural subjects such as horticulture, dairy science, and soil science.
The collection also includes fashion, textile arts and sciences, and interior design materials in support of programs in the School of Human Ecology.
Steenbock Library also owns notable collections in a number of specialized subjects such as cookery, horses and horsemanship, pigeon breeding and racing, and one of the finest collections of historical bee-keeping materials in the world. Many of these specialized collections are integrated into the regular collections at Steenbock Library while some are housed in the environmentally controlled vaults in the Memorial Library Department of Special Collections.
Steenbock Library government documents collection has a virtually complete collection of the publications of the U. S. Department of Agriculture and its sub-agencies, of the Fish and Wildlife Service, and of the Census of Agriculture. The library also has many agricultural and life sciences publications from other federal agencies, Wisconsin and other state governments, extension programs and experiment stations of the land grant universities, foreign governments, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and other international organizations.
The library holds more than 124,000 books, more than 493,000 government publications, and has current subscriptions to hundreds of print and electronic journals.