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Fall 2020 Updates at UW Archives

Access and Hours

  • Operating hours: Monday-Friday, 1 pm – 4 pm 
    • Appointments required for visiting reading room 
    • Face coverings are required to enter the building; those unable to wear a mask can take advantage of our remote services. Visit the UW Libraries face coverings guidelines to learn more.
    • Food and drink are not allowed in the reading room
    • Parking is available at the Lot 36 ramp which is entered off Observatory Drive. Accessible spaces and ramp to the library entrance are available. More parking information.
    • Upon arrival at Steenbock Library for your appointment, please follow these directions:
      1. Approach the front entrance of Steenbock Library, located at 550 Babcock Drive.
      2. Outside the entrance of the library is an A-frame sign. Stand by that sign. A library staff person will open the door, confirm that you have a reservation, and let you in the entrance when it is your turn. They will also provide a handout for your visit.
      3. You will be directed to the University Archives for additional check-in procedures.


Library by Appointment Services

Appointments can be made by all UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students, using the appointment request application below. Please read through our guidelines prior to visiting.

Go here to start an appointment request.

  1. Select the library.
  2. Note any specific information about services that are relevant to your visit.
  3. Note any specific instructions for arriving for your appointment and entering the library.
  4. Select a date and time to enter the library.
  5. Answer all questions on the form, including the estimated length of your visit.
  6. Submit your appointment.

You will receive an email message confirming your appointment that includes library specific information and instructions. Please plan on bringing your own laptop or tablet to avoid use of public computers.

Please don’t come to the library without an appointment or before requesting materials through your Archives and Special Collections Account. We must ensure we are meeting physical distancing guidelines, and are working carefully to ensure scheduled times allow for minimal contact for all involved.

For a useful, one-page guide to all Library by Appointment services, see our Fall 2020 Library Services page.

Services Available

All reading room services are contingent upon availability of staff and all building services may not be supported.

During your appointment, supported services include:

  • view materials in reading room at designated tables
  • limited self-service scanning (including use of mobile devices)
  • onsite research assistance

At this time, we are NOT able to support:

  • printing services
  • copy machines
  • computing support
  • microfilm access
  • duplication services by staff

Course Support

The Archives staff can provide limited course support. Please contact us for additional information.