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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:

    Regular semester hours are as follows: Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Evening hours on Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Not open on weekends.

     

    2014  SUMMER SESSION HOURS 

     May 19 – Aug. 15;  Aug. 25-28

    Monday - Thursday,  1:00 - 4:30 p.m.

    CLOSED: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and August 18 - 21

    Also, open by appointment (Mon - Fri only) 

    Subject to staff availability

    Call (608) 785-8511

    Resume normal hours September 2

     

    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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    Text: 608-588-8158

    Email: Use our Ask-a-Librarian form

    Call: 608-785-8508

    Visit: Check the reference desk hours

  • Walk-In Tours during opening week

    The library offers fast, no-registration tours for students, faculty, and staff during the first week of the semester. 

    Tours start in the library lobby at 12:00 noon every day of opening week, September 2, 3, 4, and 5. 

    The tours last about 20 minutes and cover the basic layout of the library, useful services, library collections, and tips to effectively use the library. Everyone is welcome to participate in these informal tours.

     

     

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