University of Wisconsin–Madison

About the UW Madison Libraries

Last week’s newsletter article provided an overview of Law Library resources.   Here is a brief introduction to the other campus libraries and services which support the scholarship of students and faculty.  UW Madison hosts more than forty special subject or professional libraries, comprising the 11th largest research collection in North America.  For a complete listing of UW-Madison Libraries, their hours and location, visit Campus Libraries.

To access campus library holdings start with MadCat -- UW Madison's online catalog -- where you can search for books, journals and databases from all disciplines. When you are viewing a bibliographic record in MadCat, the right side of the screen shows options for saving, emailing and exporting records.  Another feature listed here is Place Request;  click on this link to recall or retrieve UW Madison books. Up to fifty items will be delivered to the campus library of your choice for pick-up.  If you want to request material from any of the other University of Wisconsin libraries across the state, try a UW System Search in MadCat.  Books from these libraries will be delivered to your selected Madison campus library within 3-4 business days.  In-state resource sharing provides much faster turn-around time than traditional Interlibrary Loan.  To manage all of your library transactions log-in to My MadCat Account; this service provides an online listing of your requests and book charges.

Use Find-It to navigate journal holdings in MadCat.  Simply type in your citation and a concise listing displays all the campus subscriptions available in either electronic or paper formats.  Library Express is UW Madison's Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan service.  When a book or article is not available on campus, submit a request into Library Express. This service is offered free of charge for requests pertaining to academic research and instruction.

The Law Library's home page links to all of the access services mentioned here. Please stop at our reference desk with any questions about the extensive library holdings on the UW Madison campus.

Submitted by Cheryl O'Connor on September 10, 2009

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