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  • Reference services

    Reference librarians can help you find the quality information you need, and save you time in the process!

    We maintain particular expertise in the 200+ databases, 860+ e-books, and 5300+ books that make up the Murphy Library reference collection, and we are happy to assist you in taking advantage of these powerful, time-saving tools. Click here to see the latest additions to the reference collection!  

    We can also teach you how to find relevant and appropriate information resources and use the services of the entire library.

    Beyond that, we can help you navigate and utilize the whole world of information resources that's available to you here at UW-L.

    We're eager to help you!

    There are several ways to contact a reference librarian at Murphy Library.

    Staffed during Reference Desk Hours:

    • Reference Desk
      Staffed by librarians and student assistants 51 hours per week during fall and spring semesters, including some weekend and evening hours. No appointment necessary. Come visit us!
    • Chat with Librarian
      When the indicator is green, contact the reference desk online by clicking on the link on the Murphy Library web site.
      The Chat service is also offered within EBSCOhost reference databases. Appearing under the Search Help label on the right-hand side of search result list screens, the Chat box is called: Ask a Librarian
    • Ask-A-Librarian
      Ask us a question via web form or email, and we'll email you back from the reference desk.
    • Telephone
      Contact the reference desk by phone at 608-785-8508 or toll-free at 800-881-4454.
    Also available:
    • Individual Research Consultations
      We offer individual appointments with reference librarians for more extensive and personalized research assistance. 

    "ShowMeWhatsWrong" for Murphy Reference Librarians
    While working with one us by email or phone, you can click on this link to very easily send us a screencast (including audio if you have a microphone) of what exactly you're seeing on your computer.
    Please contact us separately prior to using this tool!
    Requires Java.

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  • Ask-a-Librarian

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    Text: 608-588-8158

    Email: Use our Ask-a-Librarian form

    Call: 608-785-8508

    Visit: Check the reference desk hours

  • Upcoming Changes - Postponed

    The changes planned for January have been moved back to late spring.

    Timelines will be posted as they become available.

    Planned changes will affect:

    • Search@UW user interface
    • Interlibrary Loan and Universal Borrowing
    • Book purchase requests
    • Online renewals and "my account" functions

    See the timeline and read details at the Library News & Update blog.


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