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Library by Appointment Launches with Limited Access to Memorial Library Beginning July 6!

June 30, 2020

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries are excited to continue supporting campus’ effort to reboot research, and to begin offering our Library by Appointment service with onsite access to parts of Memorial Library Monday, July 6. This will provide the chance to review some of our physical materials. 

Access to Memorial Library for research is limited to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and graduate students. A limited number of patrons are allowed per day to reduce congestion and facilitate physical distancing. 

**Before scheduling an appointment, faculty and PIs must request return to on-campus research by completing the Phase 2 Research Reboot request form available here. Faculty and PIs must also complete the request form on behalf of their graduate student advisees who need access to library spaces for research, as noted in the Phase 2 Research Reboot request form FAQs. Once an appointment has been scheduled, return to the request form and change the status of the Research Reboot Proposal (question 6) to “approved”.“**

Interested in Library by Appointment: Access to Memorial Library? Here’s what you need to know: 

  • July 1: Appointments system launches
    • Users can begin scheduling appointments for dates starting July 6.
  • July 6: Memorial Library ONLY opens in a limited capacity, by appointment only
    • Hours of operation: 9:00 am-Noon
    • 50 people a day – UW-Madison faculty, staff, or graduate students 
  • Supported services with entry into Memorial include:
    • Check-out of materials
    • Limited self-service scanning 
    • Self-service catalog access 
    • Designated tables for examining collections
    • Access to North Stacks, South Stacks, Cutter, East Asian Reference, Memorial Reference, and Petrovich Reading Room
  • At this time, we are NOT able to support:
    • Printing services
    • Copy machines
    • Onsite research assistance
    • Computing support
    • Microfilm access
    • Paging of materials
    • Access to Special Collections, Mills Music Library, or Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian’s Office 
    • Access to carrels, the Graduate Room, reading rooms other than the areas listed as supported

The Libraries’ Pickup by Appointment service is also available and offers access to some of our physical collections through a low-contact, health-conscious method. 

Interested in Pickup by Appointment? Here’s what you need to know:

  • The Pickup by Appointment service has expanded its available materials  (scheduled hours below begin Monday July 6.)
    • Location: Memorial Library, 1-5 pm, Monday-Friday.
    • Only users with a valid library card will be able to request materials for pickup. 
    • Materials will be pre-bagged before the patron’s arrival for pickup.
    • Materials available now include:
      • Memorial Library
      • Mills Music Library
      • Kohler Art Library
      • Law Library
      • Wisconsin Historical Society
    • Not all materials are eligible for this service.
    • Onsite signage is available to help navigate the process.
    • To learn more, visit our website for Pickup by Appointment
    • Circulating laptops service continues at Memorial, 1-5 pm, Monday-Friday, no appointment necessary.

The Libraries will continue to find solutions to support your research, teaching, and learning needs. We will continue to work closely with the campus to develop operational plans for a gradual reopening. We look forward to continuing to find solutions to help support your research and academic needs.