University Library

UWSP University Library

The Library main structure was built in 1970, with an addition in 1986. The lobby was remodeled in 2002; and The Food for Thought Café, just off the lobby, was opened in 2006. Several public and staff areas have been updated.

Assistance for users is found on five of the building's six floors. Main Circulation and Reference (1st floor), Periodicals (2nd floor), IMC (3rd floor), Archives (5th floor), and Government Documents (6th floor) each have service desks. Check out is offered at all these locations except Reference and Archives. The Library is open 104 hours a week during the regular academic year.

The Library building is fully wireless. On and off campus access to library resources — online catalog, databases, ejournals — is provided through an EZproxy server. The campus provides over 700 computers in 20 public labs and 13 residence hall labs for student use.

University of Wisconsin System Libraries

The UWSP Library's affiliation with UW System and the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries (CUWL) brings a wide array of resources for users that the Library could not afford as an individual campus. UW libraries each use the Voyager catalog system and a service called Universal Borrowing allows patrons to initiate requests and receive books and many AV materials from other libraries in two days (delivered by daily van). Campuses use the same Interlibrary Loan system.

A newly reorganized system of statewide committees allows campuses to cooperate in new initiatives as well as continue to participate in decision-making on system-funded resources. The system is working toward a "One System, One Library" ideal.