Research and Reference Help

In-person assistance (walk-in):

  • Anna Simon, Art Reference Librarian, is often available to assist researchers on a walk-in basis. The reference librarian’s regular office hours are 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday (excluding absences for meetings, workshops, etc.). Appointments are recommended however.
  • In addition, during Fall and Spring semesters, graduate students from the UW-Madison School of Library and Information Studies staff the reference desk during evenings and weekends. They too are available to assist researchers on a walk-in basis.
  • All other library staff are happy to provide information when they can.


  • If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact the reference librarian by calling 263-2257 or emailing.

Email assistance:

  • Short reference questions may be addressed to the reference librarian via email. When sending email inquiries, please be sure your own email address is included accurately so we can send a reply.  Email is not monitored evenings and weekends.
  • If you have circulation questions, please contact the library by phone at 263-2258.


  • Call the reference desk directly at 263-2257.  Circulation desk phone is 263-2258.