UW–Madison Libraries Services during COVID–19

COVID–19 Library Dashboard
Library by Appointment: Access to Memorial Library now available

Access and About the GIC

Foundation Directory Online Essential (temporary access through August 31, 2020)
The base version of the Foundation Directory Online. This version allows for some basic searching from off-campus while the Libraries are closed to the public

For UW-Madison affiliates with an active NetID, you may access several resources from off-campus.

Beneath the description and overview of the Grants Information Collection is information on how to access Memorial Library. Learn more about visiting Memorial Library.

Description and Services

The Grants Information Collection, located in Memorial Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a collection of print and electronic materials that is open to the public. Collection users do their own research.

The Grants Information Collection (GIC) is a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center, an independent national service organization headquartered in New York that is the “nation’s leading authority on philanthropy.”

Grants Information Collection Overview

If viewing in the library, please use headphones. They are available at the desks on the first and second floors.

Please feel free to contact Ellen Jacks, the Grants Librarian for further information.

Grants Information Collection Brochure (pdf)


The Grants Information Collection improves the lives of the citizens of Wisconsin – within and beyond the university classroom – by promoting research, advancing learning, and encouraging nonprofit efforts through instruction and access to information relating to grants, philanthropy, and charitable giving.


To promote the understanding of grantsmanship, both within the University of Wisconsin–Madison community and throughout Wisconsin, by providing access to information essential to successful educational, research, and nonprofit grant-seeking, and by collecting literature in the areas of philanthropy, fundraising, and nonprofit management.

Location and Visitor Information

Memorial Library
Reference Room 262
728 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
Parking and Directions


Open during Memorial Library Building Hours. (Hours may vary when classes are not in session and occasionally during the summer.)

Building Access
To enter Memorial Library, patrons must produce a valid UW-Madison ID, Community Borrowing, or University of Wisconsin System ID card. Visitors without this identification are welcome to visit Memorial Library but must first obtain a day pass at the Welcome Desk near the library entrance on State Street. Day passes are subject to limitations and are granted to those who produce valid identification (an unexpired government-issued photo ID such as a Driver’s License, State ID, or passport). Visitors may obtain a day pass once every 7 days. Visitors requiring more frequent access should apply in order to conduct grants research may apply for an Extended Day Pass or contact the Grants Librarian.

Back to about the collection