In-Person Collection Access

Make an appointment to get in a library to examine materials shelved in reading rooms and in library stacks. You can check out items from circulating collections at the Circulation Desk.

Go here to start an appointment request

Go here for appointments with Archives or Special Collections.

Collections and appointments available

  • Access is limited to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students.
  • Appointments are available for Art Library, College Library, Memorial Library, Mills Music Library, and Steenbock Library.
  • Requests for access can be made for AMP Library, Geology Library, and Social Work Library.
  • Appointments are available on limited days and times. See links on the right for more information about specific location schedules and arrival procedures.

Services available

The libraries will have limited staff available onsite, so not all building services are supported. Ask a Librarian services are available to assist in planning your visit in advance. Please visit our COVID-19 page for the most up-to-date information.

How to schedule an appointment for visiting the library

To learn about making an appointment for the Wisconsin Historical Society Library, go here.

Go here to start an appointment request.

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

You will receive an email message confirming your appointment that includes library specific information and instructions.

Please don’t come to the library without an appointment. We must ensure we are meeting physical distancing guidelines, and are working carefully to ensure scheduled times allow for minimal contact for all involved.

If you have questions during this process, you can contact the Circulation Office or Ask a Librarian.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a limit to how long I can stay in the library? expand_more

Although arrival times are staggered, you can stay up to the end of the appointment at which time the library will close. For our standard operating schedules, that will typically be noon, 5 p.m., or 10 p.m.