Access and About the GIC

Memorial Library and the Grants Information Collection are open to the public without appointment.

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 Candid (the merger of the Foundation Center and Guidestar), 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 Circulation Desk on the first floor.

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 the above 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, passport, or tribal ID). Visitors may obtain a day pass once every 7 days. Visitors requiring more frequent access may apply for an Extended Day Pass. or contact the Grants Librarian.

Computer Access
The Grants Information Collection has at least one computer workstation that does not require a login. Our other workstations require logins. If you do not have a UW-Madison NetID and password, please contact the Circulation Support with the date you plan to visit to request a Guest NetID. Receiving a Guest NetID may take at least 24 hours, and requests are processed only on weekdays. If you are requesting an Extended Day Pass, we will initiate the Guest NetID process on your behalf.