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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
      Contact the reference desk online by clicking on the link on the Murphy Library web site.
      The Chat service is also offered within many reference databases. Look for the Chat box 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


    Check the reference desk hours
    Schedule an individual appointment


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    Email: Use our Ask-a-Librarian form

    Call: 608-785-8508

    Text: 608-588-8158

    More information at the Reference Services page. 

  • Resource Cancellations Survey

     Resource Cancellations Survey
    Extended to April 24

    Like other units and departments on campus, Murphy Library has been asked to make budget cuts to meet reduced state support for the UW System. Some of the cuts will come from the library's budget for collections. That budget pays for databases, electronic resources, periodicals, books, multimedia, and similar. 

    Library users are asked to help the library in its selection of titles for cancellation. Please share your thoughts regarding specific resources that have been identified for likely cancellation by completing the one-page Resource Cancellations Survey.

    Read more about the rationale and selection criteria in the blog post: Proposed Resource Cancellations.

    The survey will be open until April 24.


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