UW–Madison Libraries Services during COVID–19

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The Libraries continue to work closely with campus as it develops its operational plans for a gradual and phased reopening. The health and safety of all is our priority as we continue to find solutions for ongoing library operations that support the continuation of instruction and research. Please continue to visit this page for the most up-to-date information. Updates will also be posted on Twitter and Facebook.

Note that other than the services listed below, library buildings remain closed for general use.

Library by Appointment

Access to Libraries and Collections • Make a library appointment at Art, Business, Memorial, Music, Steenbock, or Wisconsin Historical Society Library, examining materials shelved in reading rooms and in library stacks. You can check out items from circulating collections at the circulation desk.

Access to UW Archives, Special Collections, and Wisconsin Historical Society Archives Reading Rooms • Make an appointment to examine and work with materials shelved in their unique collections.

NEW: Computer Lab Reservations • Make an appointment to use a computer in the Memorial Library Computer Lab  in an environment that follows campus and CDC guidelines for physical distancing.

Pickup by Appointment • Items from AMP, Art, Business, College, Geology, Law, Memorial, Middleton Shelving Facility, Music, Science Libraries Shelving Facility, Social Work, Steenbock, Verona Shelving Facility, and Wisconsin Historical Society can be put on hold, and then an appointment can be made to pick up the materials at Memorial Library. Appointments available 1-5 pm weekdays.

NEW: Study Space by Appointment • Make an appointment to study in a Memorial Library study space in an environment that follows campus and CDC guidelines for physical distancing

Ask a Librarian

Our library staff are available to provide research support or answer questions by text, chat, and email. Click on the Ask button at the top of any library web page, or go to our help page.

Course Support for Instructors

Librarians can support your teaching in all modalities. These services includes online library instruction options, customized research guides, and embedded services in Canvas. Expertise and support for electronic curricular content is also available.

Digitize on Request

If you only need some chapters or specific pages from a book, you can place a request using our Interlibrary Loan service. Log in to your account, choose the option to Request an Article, and fill out the form with the book chapter’s information as best you can.

Laptop Checkout

Laptops are available for checkout from 9-12 and 1-5 pm on weekdays at the Memorial Library entrance on State Street.