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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 for appointments with Archives, Special Collections, or WHS Archives.

Collections and appointments available

  • Appointments are available for AMP Library, Art Library, College Library, Geology Library, Memorial Library, Mills Music Library, Social Work Library, Steenbock Library, and the Wisconsin Historical Society Library.
  • Access to all but WHS Library is limited to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and graduate students.
  • 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 until the end of the appointment time (noon) at which time the library will close to the public and you will have to leave.