Libraries Post-Thanksgiving Break & Fall 2020 Finals Information

November 17, 2020

As UW-Madison prepares the planned transition to remote instruction following the Thanksgiving break, the Libraries are sharing information about access to our facilities and services for the remainder of the semester, beginning November 25 (the day before Thanksgiving) through December 23.

Taking the ongoing health concerns into consideration, we are making adjustments to our hours to continue our efforts to promote a safe and healthy environment. Please remember while the Libraries will have study space available, if you need other assistance, you are encouraged to use our robust online and virtual services, rather than coming to campus.

Ask a Librarian Hours are also being adjusted:
  • November 25 – 9am-10pm
  • November 26 – No Service
  • November 27-29
    • Friday 9am-5pm
    • Saturday 1pm-5pm
    • Sunday 1pm-10pm
  • November 30 – December 10
    • M-R 9am-10pm
    • Friday 9am-5pm
    • Saturday 1pm-5pm
    • Sunday 1pm-10pm
  • Finals (December 11-December 18)
    • Friday (11th) – 9am-5pm
    • Saturday – 1pm-5pm
    • Sunday – 1pm-10pm
    • M-R – 9am-10pm
    • Friday (18th) – 9am-5pm
  • Post Finals
    • Saturday – Sunday (19-20) – No Service
    • Monday – Wednesday (21-23) – 9-5pm
  • Holidays (December 24 – January 3)
    • No Service
  • Winter Intercession (January 4 – 24)
    • Monday – Friday – 9am-5pm
    • Saturday – Sunday – No Service

Wisconsin Historical Society Information:

We are committed to the health and safety of our guests and staff, and in order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 the Abrahamson Library Reading Room and the Archives Reading Room will be temporarily closed to the public from Thursday, November 26 through at least January 3, 2021. We apologize for any disruption to your research. If you need assistance during this time please email us at or We appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience. We are still able to offer pick-up access to our library collections via Memorial Library.

While the entire campus makes this shift, the need for onsite services such as study space, research access, and library support will remain a priority to ensure academic support for the campus community, including students that reside in the Madison area and those in campus housing.

The Libraries are here for you – in many ways! Let us help you finish this semester strong.