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Resources for new students to help with understanding, navigating and participating in university life. Return to listing of all Undergraduate Research Guides

Get to know your libraries

Libraries and librarians on the UW-Madison campus are here to serve faculty, staff and students.  As a new student, take some time to get to know how we can help you during your time here in Madison.

To get you started, here are some quick facts you'll want to know:

  • You can reach a librarian in many ways for help with research, just Ask a Librarian. Don't be shy - we're here to help!
  • We teach drop-in workshops to help you with specific tools and issues. Highly recommended for new students: UW-Madison Libraries: What You Really Need to Know. This covers all the basics of how to find information in our libraries, what services we offer, and how you can get help with your research.
  • The Library Website is your portal to all things library. Check it out at

During your college career, expect to use the libraries to...

  • Access information you'll need for research:
    • Articles available online (both on and off campus)
    • Items within our libraries (like books, magazine, video games, CDs, DVDs and more)
  • Get help on research assignments from our friendly librarians:
    • At the reference desk (Ask a Librarian)
    • In library class sessions for your courses
  • Access course materials:
    • Online (through MyUW)
    • In our libraries (where we have many - but not all - textbooks in our reserve collection for 2 hour checkout)

    College Librarians

    College Group
    600 N. Park St.
    Helen C. White Building
    Website / Blog Page