Facilities Master Plan

In 2017, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries developed a long-term facilities master plan that offers a thoughtful and strategic approach to the libraries’ ongoing role as a fundamental part of a successful university. With the assistance of several campus divisions, as well as a team of architectural and research consultants from brightspot strategy (New York) and Engberg Anderson (Milwaukee/Madison), the master plan was created to guide the long-term development of spaces that will support services that enhance teaching, learning, and research, while creating a cohesive campus library identity, over a 25-year timeframe.

The master plan ties together the work underway with strategic planning, consolidation, and service delivery. The master plan provides a rational, sustainable, long-term plan required of a large, complex, and distributed library system.

It is important to recognize that master plans naturally evolve as priorities and in-depth details emerge throughout the process. In the next phase, the implementation of the master plan recommendations, the libraries will work with the University Library Committee, and other representatives of the research community, to ensure that decisions made serve all sectors of campus.


  1. View the Consultants’ Full Report here
  2. View the University Library Committee’s advisory report on the Campus Libraries’ Facilities Master Planning Process here.   (Prepared for the Campus Planning Committee and circulation to campus, approved by ULC on April 10, 2018)
  3. View the presentation to the Campus Planning Committee here. (May 3, 2018)

We invite your comments and input on the report:

  • Questions about the facilities master planning process may be directed to Carrie Kruse.
  • For additional information about the master plan, please visit our FAQ page.

Project Work and Engagement Timeline

Our consulting groups, brightspot and Engberg Anderson, scheduled campus visits between December 2016 and December 2017 to engage with students, faculty, and staff. 

Project Engagement Process and Timeline:

Libraries Complete Long-Term Facilities Master Plan, Present at Campus Forums on December 7, 2017

Imagine: A completely reconstructed Memorial Library that preserves the historic core of the building while replacing many book stacks with optimized user spaces; a new south campus library, plus remodeled College and Steenbock libraries. That is part of the vision in the newly completed University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries long-term facilities master plan.

Libraries Facilities Master Plan Update

July 11, 2017 – The consultants working with the Libraries on the Library Master Plan recently completed a series of town halls on campus to provide faculty, students, staff, and the community updates on the process so far.

Libraries Announce Long-Term Master Plan Process Updates, Prepare for Campus Town Halls

April 19, 2017 – During the week of April 24, the Libraries will hold two town halls for the campus, which are open to the public.

Library Master Plan – March Update

March 8, 2017 – The Libraries master planning efforts continue as our consulting groups, brightspot strategy and Engberg Anderson Architects, return to campus the week of March 27.

Library Master Plan Process Update

January 20, 2017 – On Wednesday January 25, consultants will hold one-on-one, “drop-in” style interviews by setting up stations at different locations around the UW campus to talk to the community about their library experiences and suggestions for its future planning efforts.

Libraries Begin Master Plan Process

December 2, 2016 – We need your help to shape the long-term future of physical library spaces at the UW-Madison!