Andersen Library

Andersen Library provides an innovative learning environment that takes full advantage of emerging information technologies while preserving traditional formats and services. The Library's homepage ( is the gateway to all of its resources, both print and electronic. Its more than 2 million items include books, electronic books, print journals, electronic journals, databases, indexes, audio-visual items, camcorders, laptops, and electronic readers. Electronic resources such as databases (including reserve items) are accessible 24-7 by our registered students on and off campus. In addition, students can freely borrow from other University of Wisconsin libraries using the "Universal Borrowing" function in the common online catalog system. The physical facility is Wi-Fi enabled. Microsoft Office and other common applications are installed on most public workstations to accommodate the multitasking interests of students. Group study rooms, many equipped with audio-visual facilities, white board, and online capability, provide collaborative space for team work. Laptops, camcorders, computer gaming consoles, electronic readers, and portable projectors are available for presentation practices. Comfortable and varied seating abounds throughout the three floors. Floors one and three are reserved for quiet study, and the second floor is a talking floor for groups or casual conversation. A wide-screen TV adjoins the Food For Thought café, and displays on wide-ranging topics enhance the library experience. The children's area on the main floor has books, games, TV and CDs that are open to the public. Co-curricular interests are supported by extensive collections of DVDs, CDs, graphic novels, audio books, and computer games. A computer gaming room can be reserved by faculty and students. The friendly reference librarians are on hand most hours that the library is open to assist any students who need help in their research. More than 300 library instruction classes are offered each semester. Trained ‘tech helpers’ provide hardware and software assistance Sunday through Thursday evenings. Virtual reference assistance is available 24-7.

Library hours during the Fall and Spring semesters, when school is in session, are:

Mondays - Thursdays 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.
Fridays 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sundays 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

For other hours, as well as additional information about what the library can offer, please consult

Other Learning Materials

In addition to the wide variety of information available in the library, several other collections of teaching and learning materials are available on campus. Many departments and academic programs have small libraries of periodicals or reference works for use by students, who may receive information at their major departments.

The College of Arts and Communication maintains an Arts Media Center. While the Arts Media Center collections (sound recordings on LP and compact disc, recorded opera on DVD and 35mm art slides) serve primarily to support teaching within the Departments of Music and Art and Design in the College of Arts and Communication, the sound recordings collections also serve as a campus music resource and are available for use in the Arts Media Center by all faculty/staff/students as well as members of the local community. The facility features a listening/viewing/study area with multiple dedicated listening stations for CDs , LPs, audiocassette tapes and online music databases, and one viewing station for playback of videocassette, and DVDs.

The Wisconsin Instructional Technology Resource Center (WITRC) is located in the College of Education on the first floor of Winther Hall. The Resource Center contains a state-of-the-art instructional technology software collection and the latest developments in multi-media technology.

Finally, various University offices, such as Career and Leadership Development and the University Health and Counseling Services, have collections of information dealing with their functions.