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Murphy Library fully participates in the campus mission of inclusive excellence. The academic engagement librarian works with library-wide efforts to provide outreach, research and instructional support and programming for under-represented and non-traditional student populations.
Access Services is responsible for the circulation of the general and reserve collections, shelving and stacks maintenance, facilitation of Universal Borrowing services, creation and maintenance of patron records, compilation of circulation and building use statistics, and provision of basic information and assistance to students, faculty and staff, and the community.
The Acquisitions unit is responsible for purchasing materials in all formats, which support the curriculum of UW-L. The unit is responsible for monitoring the acquisitions budget, for the ordering and timely receipt of requested materials, and for providing timely collection development and budget reports to the Collection & Resource Development Librarian. The unit receives gifts and if appropriate (as determined by Collection & Resource Development), integrates them into the collection.
The administrative office manages all library budgets, compiles statistical data, completes statistical surveys, prepares reports, coordinates building services and manages all aspects of student employment.
The Cataloging unit is responsible for cataloging print and electronic library materials as well as the metadata used on digital projects, which appear in Murphy Library’s online
catalog and other library search services.
The Collection & Resource Development unit works with teaching and library faculty to identify and select information resources that are made available at UW La Crosse and throughout the University of Wisconsin System. This unit manages the resources budget, allocating funds for materials held and accessed by the Library. This unit also analyzes data about information resources (print and electronic) so informed decisions can be made with regard to the collections (monographs, periodicals, and electronic resources).
The Alice Hagar Curriculum Resource Center contains a variety of collections to support the School of Education and pre-service teachers. Books and materials for grades K-12, curriculum guides and children's literature (picture books, easy reader and Young Adult books). The center also houses the STEMSS (Science, Technology, Engineering Math and Social Sciences) collection.
The Digital Collections and University Repository unit is responsible for creating, capturing, preserving, and displaying online digital content related to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and the
surrounding community. Although both areas within the unit are focused on digital content, they differ in regard to the type digital content, itself. The Digital Collections area puts its resources into in-house digitization efforts, largely aimed at digitizing historical and visual materials, working closely with Special Collections. The University Repository area deals with collecting academic content produced from within UW-L, or about UW-L or the surrounding community. This UW-L produced content is then placed into the Minds@UW repository, which is open to the public, and serves as a location for academically produced materials within the UW System to be visible to the rest of the world.
This unit is responsible for maintaining access to Murphy Library’s electronic resources and print/microform periodicals collection. Murphy Library provides access to over 200 article databases, hundreds of electronic reference books, and tens of thousands of electronic journals. If you have any questions about accessing, or if you experience problems using, the library’s electronic resources, please contact the Electronic Resources Librarian.
This is generally a free service provided to UW-L students, faculty and staff where they can request books and periodical articles not owned by us. To initiate an Interlibrary Loan, fill out an electronic Interlibrary Loan Request form available on the Murphy Library home page. Interlibrary Loan items are generally received within seven days. Materials not located in-state may take longer.
The staff members in the LS&T unit are responsible for maintaining staff and guest computers, and providing assistance to library staff with computer, application, or network issues. LS&T staff work to ensure that the library is moving forward with the use of new technology and assists with purchasing decisions that promote that goal.
Outreach works with all library units to publicize library services, events, collections, and other resources to the broader campus community. Outreach also participates in programming, event planning, resource development, creation of online and print resources, and similar activities that facilitate the use and understanding of library resources.
Reference librarians can help you find the quality information you need, and save you time in the process. We are also able to help you find resources and use the services of the entire library, and we can help you navigate and utilize the whole world of information resources that's at your disposal at UW-L.
Librarians instruct UW-L students on library and online information resources most appropriate for each class.
The Special Collections Department collects, preserves, and provides access to the rare book and local history collections, as well as an oral history collection, maps, photographs, and university archives. This department also houses the La Crosse Area Research Center, which holds archival records of local governmental bodies and personal papers of people and businesses.
Email: Use our Ask-a-Librarian form
Visit: Check the reference desk hours
As a pilot project, Room 12, in the library basement, has been converted to a silent
study room. Many students ask for an environment even quieter than the library’s designated quiet
areas, so this room is intended to answer that need.
For more information on this space please see our blog. We look forward to learning how this room fulfills its intended
purpose. Please let us know how it is working for you. Send feedback on this space to
To provide more computers during the busy period at the end of the semester, the library is opening
an additional room with computers. Room 30, a computer classroom in the basement of the library,
will open during regular library hours starting December 1, 2013. Students will be able to use the desktop
computers in that room individually or in groups.
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