As Wisconsin’s land-grant university and in keeping with the Wisconsin Idea in which the work of the university extends productively to Wisconsin communities, the library welcomes its larger community of researchers and the general public to visit. Please also review our Libraries’ commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
This Community Outreach page describes our engagement with library users. Please scroll to review our Programs and Partners and additional Services and Spaces.
Library Guests and Wisconsin Residents
Photocopying, Printing & Scanning
A guest card for printing can be requested from the library’s principle service desk across from the main entrance. Funds can be added to this guest card by using a credit card online or in cash at the Memorial Library kiosk. Additional information about our photocopying, scanning and printing services can be found here.
Annual Fee Card (Use at any campus library)
Wisconsin residents may obtain a borrowing card by providing two current forms of identification showing Wisconsin residency (one must have a photo).
Courtesy Card (Use at any campus library)
Some library users may qualify to obtain a Courtesy Card with proof of affiliation and photo ID.
Patrons apply for fee and courtesy cards using the online application form.
(Once processed and notified, patrons can collect their cards from the Memorial Library Circulation Desk).
Steenbock User Card
A free Steenbock Library card is available to Wisconsin residents who are not affiliated with the UW System. Apply at the Steenbock Circulation Desk and show a Wisconsin driver’s license or Wisconsin DOT photo ID. This card can only be used at Steenbock Library for Steenbock materials.
Document Delivery Services
Requests for materials from campus library collections can be made through libraries with which one is affiliated including other college or university libraries, corporate libraries or public libraries. Alternatively, requests can be made using fee-based document delivery services.
BadgerLink (Wisconsin’s Online Library)
Licensed databases for Wisconsin residents–a service of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Resources for Libraries and Lifelong Learning. How to access by location (in Wisconsin).
In addition to BadgerLink, there is a growing body of quality online resources available on the open-Web that may serve the information and research needs of community patrons.
Email Reference Service
Additional Services and Spaces
Rooms to Reserve
Do you need a space in order to give a presentation, host a workshop, or to meet with your group? Speak with a Steenbock librarian in order to reserve a meeting space. Please note that due to the nature of our facility, priority for use of space is accorded to the libraries and to those affiliated with the university.
Would you like to display your work at the library or develop a display in cooperation with library staff? The library affords several display spaces, including locking glass cabinets, on our main, entrance level. Please complete and submit our exhibit request form.
Please note that the form also supplies our policy statement for display spaces within the library.
Restroom facilities can be found on each floor of the library. A unisex restroom, located on the entrance level to the library, has also been designed for accessibility.
Programs and Partners
Steenbock librarians partner with campus and community users on events, exhibits and programs that speak to library initiatives, collections and services in keeping with our partners’ needs and with the outreach mission of the University.
A few of our partners:
Some of the events we attend: