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.

Due to the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries are currently focused on providing service to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff. Even so, there are a number of library services available to visitors.

Using the Collections

Print collections

Campus visitors with a (current or existing) campus library card (we are unable to issue new cards at this time) can use the Library Catalog to put items on hold and then schedule an appointment to pick them up. We’ll get the books off the shelf, check them out for you, and have them ready for you to pickup from Memorial or Steenbock Library at your appointment time, safely and quickly. Read more about this service.

Online resources

Wisconsin residents may 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 Wisconsin Historical Society

Anyone can visit the Wisconsin Historical Society and use their resources. For more visitor information, see their website.