Card Application Window - (Main Entrance) Where is it?

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00am-6:00pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm

Phone: (608) 263-7360 (M-F: 8:00am-4:00pm)


Circulation Desk - (139) Where is it?

Hours: (Same as Building hours)

Phone: (608) 262-3343

  • Borrow and return materials
  • Renew materials

Circulation Office - (170) Where is it?

Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm

Phone: (608) 263-7360


Current Periodicals & Newspaper Room - (240)
Where is it?

Hours: Hours are the same as the building hours, except the room closes 15 minutes earlier.

Phone: (608) 262-3292 Collections: Journals and Magazines
  • Current unbound issues of approximately 4,000 of Memorial Library's most heavily used journals and magazines are located here. Many other titles are received directly into the stacks.
  • We subscribe to many newsmagazines, business journals, women's magazines, tabloids, and other popular magazines from around the world.
  • Most periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title or organization and are located on the open shelves in the room.
  • Some periodicals are kept at the desk and must be requested from the staff there. These are indicated by a note on the open shelves where you would expect to find the issues. An I.D. is required and held until the item is returned to the desk. Only one reserve item can be used at a time.
  • We also maintain a vertical file, which houses such things as press releases and organizational newsletters. Vertical file items are indicated by a note in Madcat.
  • Current issues of U.S. and Canadian newspapers and international newspapers are also available in the room. Both international and domestic newspapers are shelved separately from the journals.
  • Issues of U.S. and Canadian newspapers are generally kept for only one week, and issues of international newspapers are generally kept for only 3 months–look here for more information about how to find back issues.

Periodicals and newspapers cannot be checked out or taken out of the room. All must be used within the room. A photocopier is available in the room.

Collection Lists: The Current Periodicals and Newspapers Room staff maintains several paper lists of journals and newspapers to help users of the room locate what they need. Some of those lists are:

  • Alphabetical list of journals and newspapers
  • Journals and newspapers by country of publication
  • Journals and newspapers by primary language
  • Journals by subject
  • Popular magazines from various countries

Please note that these lists are only updated once a semester so while they can be helpful, the most up to date information will always be found in MadCat.

Interlibrary Loan Office - (B106F)

Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm

Phone: (608) 262-1193

You can also contact the office utilizing your IM client during normal office hours:

Microform/Media Center (MMC) - (443) Where is it?

Hours: The MMC opens using the same building hours, and closes at 7 pm each day.

Phone: (608) 262-0583

Types of Materials:The Microform/Media Center houses all materials in non-print format which fall under the same subject areas as the books and periodicals held in Memorial Library's general stacks. Approximately 800,000 titles are housed here.

  • Microfilm, microfiche, and micro-opaque.
  • DVD's
  • Video cassettes
  • Sound cassettes
  • Floppy disks
  • CD-ROMs
  • CD audio, phonodisks
  • Slide formats
  • Books and periodicals which are accompanied by non-print parts or supplements.
Using Materials:
  • Microforms/Media holdings are kept in closed stacks. Materials will be paged for the user.
  • Material may be used in-house or checked out. Some restrictions on use apply. Reference materials, i.e. guides and indexes to sets of materials, do not circulate.
  • Assistance in the use of equipment is given as needed.
  • There are a number of reading stations for microfilm and microfiche formats.
  • Scanner are available for microfilm, microfiche & Micro-opaque (scanning is free)
  • Also available are photocopying stations for microfilm and microfiche formats. Copies are made using debit-card only.
  • Microfiche formats can be duplicated. Copies are made using debit-card only.
  • DVD's can be viewed using an All-region Blu-Ray & DVD player.

Equipment Information

Reference Department - (262) Where is it?

  • Reference Room: (Same as Building hours)
  • Reference/Information Desk: Fall & Spring Semesters
    • Monday–Wednesday: 8:00 am–11:45 pm
    • Thursday: 8:00 am–9:00 pm
    • Friday: 8:00 am–7:00 pm
    • Saturday: 10:00 am–7:00 pm
    • Sunday: 11:00 am–11:45 pm
    Spring Break
    • Monday–Friday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
    • Saturday & Sunday: 1:00 pm–4:45 pm
    Summer 8-Week Semester
    • Monday–Thursday: 9:00 am–8:00 pm
    • Friday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
    • Saturday: 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
    • Sunday: 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
    Interim (Between Semesters)
    • Monday–Friday: 9:00 am–5:00 pm
    • Saturday: 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Phone: (608) 262-3242

  • A skilled staff of reference librarians is available to help with using the library and its resources.
  • Assistance is available in person, by phone, by e-mail, and by electronic chat.

Collection: The Reference Collection is a collection of atlases, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference materials in print and electronic formats.

Women's Studies Librarian's Office - (430) Where is it?

Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm

Phone: (608) 263-5754

Overview: The Office of the University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Librarian was created in 1977 to serve students, faculty, librarians, and administrators across the UW System. Located on the Madison campus, the office reaches out to all UW campuses through its many regular and special publications, reference assistance, and professional presentations and consultation.