Libraries Announce Long-Term Master Plan Process Updates, Prepare for Campus Town Halls

April 19, 2017

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries are prepared to embark on the next phase of the campus libraries facilities master plan process. Once again, they’ll look to the campus community for input in shaping what the future of Libraries on campus could look like.

During the week of April 24, the Libraries, in coordination with UW-Madison Facilities, Planning & Management, UW System, Wisconsin Division of Facilities Development, brightspot strategy, and Engberg Anderson Architects will hold two town halls for the campus, which are open to the public.

Tuesday, April 25                                                                                  

  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Memorial Library, Room 126

Wednesday, April 26  

  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM
  • Steenbock Library, BioCommons

The purpose of these town halls is to bring our campus community together for the following:

  • Gather input on the draft report on library user feedback (from previous onsite visits and the faculty survey conducted)
  • Review the draft scenarios for future campus library locations
  • Discuss the next steps in the master planning process

“Involving our users across campus in this ongoing process is one of the most important things we can do,” said Carrie Kruse, Director of College Library and master plan project manager for the Libraries. “Our partners have been working for months to gather information to bring us to a point where they have an early draft to share. It’s critical to have faculty, staff, and students see the progress of the plan and provide input before the semester is over.”

Recognizing this is a busy time of year and not everyone will be able to attend the sessions, materials from the sessions and a chance for feedback will be made available online. The presentation from the April 25-26, 2017 town halls can be here. The consulting team’s Draft User Research Report can be found here.

The Libraries master plan process is intended to provide direction for campus library buildings through the next 20-25 years. Since November 2016, the team of consulting groups have worked with Libraries to develop this plan. Throughout the process, several workshops and outreach efforts have taken place across campus. The Libraries recognize the community’s input is imperative to designing the most successful plan for the future.

In May, the last visit by the consulting team will take place, at which point the final report and recommendations from this process will be presented.

The Libraries appreciate and encourage the campus’ continued engagement in the library master plan process. Any questions about the plan may be directed to Carrie Kruse (