Libraries to Complete Transitioning Services Out of Wendt Commons, Into Steenbock

April 24, 2018

(updated September 5, 2018)

As part of the transformation of the Wendt Commons building, the Libraries are in the process of transitioning Wendt Library’s collections, services, and staff into the Science & Engineering Libraries’ largest library – Steenbock Library. Library services are no longer offered in Wendt Commons. We expect that the combination of new service delivery options and a streamlined process for moving collections will minimize any disruption to collections, services, and staff during this change.

This overall project is part of a collaboration with the College of Engineering and aligns with its evolving vision for new, student-focused spaces throughout Wendt Commons, as well as with the Libraries’ plans for concentrating physical collections and employing new models of service delivery. The more than 40 years of excellent library services provided at Wendt will continue, based now out of Steenbock Library.

To help you navigate this ongoing process, we would like to provide you with an update on the timeline of events, as well as answers to questions you may have around library resources, materials, and services.

Timeline / Highlights of Note for Library Services & Collections:

May 10 Last day to select Wendt as a pick-up library in the library catalog.
May 18 Last day library was open & 1st floor study spaces close for the summer.
May 19 – August 23 Collections available by request via the library catalog; highest use collections will begin to move to Steenbock
June 1 NEW: Delivery service begins to faculty and staff with on-campus mailbox.
August 24 – December 28 Remaining collections unavailable temporarily; Materials available via interlibrary loan (ILL) until campus copies become available.


Where can I find library staff?
• Wendt librarians have been in Steenbock Library since Fall of 2017 and will continue to support your research, teaching and learning, along with other colleagues from the UW-Madison Libraries.
• A library consultation space will be maintained on the CoE campus, to provide a convenient location for students, faculty or staff to meet and work with our librarians.

How can I access the collections?
• Actively used collections are being moved to Steenbock, while any remaining inactive collections will join other Wendt collections that have already been moved to one of our shelving facilities. Microforms have been moved to Memorial Library.
• Reserves were moved to Steenbock last year.

Will I be able to access materials to support my classes?
• Instructors are encouraged to provide us with early notification of items they would like on reserve for the fall semester.
• May 19 – August 23: Collections available by request via the library catalog.
• August 24 – December 28: Collections unavailable; request via ILL.

What does this mean for study spaces?
• Study space will be updated and expanded on the 1st floor of Wendt (more details to come).
• Study space is available on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. The remaining space will be renovated by the Spring semester.

Updates will be made throughout the summer and into the fall through the Libraries and CoE websites, email lists, and social media pages. We encourage you to check back frequently for updates to the transition process. Please contact the Libraries by emailing with specific questions regarding access to services, collections, or staff help.