Dear Graduate Students,


The University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries are excited to continue supporting campus' effort to reboot research and begin offering Library by Appointment access to some facilities beginning with limited access to Memorial Library.


We recognize the vital role access to library resources has in the ability of researchers and students to continue their academic endeavors. While the Libraries worked to ensure as much access through online services as possible over the last several months while facilities were closed, the opportunity to begin slowly reopening library buildings is an important step.


Currently, on-site access is available to parts of Memorial Library and is limited to UW–Madison faculty, staff, and graduate students. Appointment slots are limited to facilitate physical distancing. Other facilities will gradually open as they become possible, adhering to health and safety guidelines and considering the ability to staff the locations. At this time, the primary focus of the Libraries is to provide increased access to collections, while developing a plan to gradually reopen spaces. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, face masks or face coverings are required to enter the/our facility. In addition, we request that you practice physical distancing of six feet apart.


Please note: before scheduling an appointment for on-site library access, your faculty advisor must first request permission for you to return to on-campus research by completing the Phase 2 Research Reboot request form available here. (See the procedure described in the Phase 2 Research Reboot request form FAQs.) After your advisor has completed the request form, you can then schedule an appointment directly through the Library by Appointment procedure. Once you have received an appointment, this indicates that your request has been approved. Please inform your faculty advisor to return to the request form and change the status of the Research Reboot Proposal (question 6) to "approved."


Here's what you need to know:


As of July 6: Memorial Library ONLY is open in a limited capacity by appointment

  1. Hours of operation: 9:00 am-Noon
  2. 50 people a day - UW–Madison faculty, staff, or graduate students

Supported services provided to those who enter Memorial include:

  1. Check-out of materials
  2. Limited self-service scanning
  3. Self-service catalog access
  4. Designated tables for examining collections
  5. 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:

  1. Printing services
  2. Copy machines
  3. Onsite research assistance
  4. Computing support
  5. Microfilm access
  6. Paging of materials
  7. Access to Special Collections, Mills Music Library, or Gender and Women's Studies Librarian's Office
  8. Access to carrels, the Graduate Room, or reading rooms other than the areas listed as supported


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


The Libraries will continue to find solutions to support your research, teaching, and learning needs and 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.


Be well, and On, Wisconsin!


Lisa R. Carter

Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian

University of Wisconsin–Madison


William J. Karpus

Dean of the Graduate School

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

University of Wisconsin-Madison

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