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  • About special collections

    Special Collections Lobby
    Special Collections, reading room

    Special Collections collects, preserves, and provides access to materials that due to their physical or intellectual properties require special handling and care. Types of records housed in this section of the library include rare books, regional and Wisconsin history books, fine-press publications, maps, oral history recordings and transcripts, university archives, and a large historic photograph collection.

    This department also houses the La Crosse Area Research Center (ARC), which is one of fourteen regional depositories for the Wisconsin Historical Society. The ARC holds archival records of local governmental bodies and personal papers of people and businesses from five Wisconsin counties: Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon.

    LOCATION:

    The Special Collections Department and Area Research Center has its own dedicated space within the Murphy Library building. It is located on the main floor of the building. Its entrance is in the library's atrium.

    HOURS:

    Monday - Friday: 9:30 a.m. - noon, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Wednesday evenings: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

    Saturday - Sunday: Closed

    Researchers are advised to call ahead, 608.785.8511, to confirm hours of operation, especially during intersession periods.

    GENERAL CONTACT INFORMATION:

    Special Collections, Murphy Library, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 1631 Pine St. La Crosse, WI 54601

    Phone: 608.785.8511
    Fax: 608.785.8639
    Email: specoll@uwlax.edu

    STAFF:

    Paul Beck, Special Collections Librarian and Area Research Center Director
    Phone: 608.785.8511
    Email: pbeck@uwlax.edu

    Laura Godden, Special Collections Historian
    Phone: 608.785.8511
    Email: lgodden@uwlax.edu

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  • Ask-a-Librarian

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    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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