Books & physical resources

What book and physical resources does Murphy Library have?

All of the books and physical resources available to you at Murphy Library are listed within the library catalog . Feel free to search the catalog on your own or ask a librarian at the Reference desk or Circulation desk to direct you to pertinent material.

How do I search for books/physical resources in the Murphy Library?

All books and physical resources in Murphy library are searchable through the library catalog . You may also check for books at libraries within the entire UW System collection through the system catalogResource Sharing and Interlibrary Loan system. If a book is listed at a library other than Murphy Library, you may request it and receive the book within 2-4 days (if listed at another UW System Library) or within a few weeks (if requested through Interlibrary Loan).

How do I find a book/physical resource within Murphy Library?

If you find a book or physical resource through the library catalog, you will be given the general area where the material is located in the materials catalog listing. These include:

Second Floor Stacks, Second Floor, Murphy Library
Alice Hagar Curriculum Center, Second Floor, Murphy Library
Reference Section, Main Floor, Murphy Library
Course Reserves, Main Floor - Circulation Desk, Murphy Library
Bound Periodicals, Basement, Murphy Library
Microfiche/Microfilm, Basement, Murphy Library or off-site storage
Multimedia and Musical Scores Section, Main Floor, Murphy Library
Government Documents Repository, Basement, Murphy Library
Maps and Flat Files, Basement, Murphy Library
Special Collections, Main Floor, Entrance through Murphy Library atrium

If you can't find the material in its specified location, please ask for assistance at the Circulation desk or Reference desk.

Which materials may I check out?

The circulating collection consists of books, government documents, maps, and microforms. There is no limit to the number of items that you may check out from the general collection. Reference books, periodicals, and materials housed in the Area Research Center do not circulate.

How do I check out materials?

If you would like to check out materials from the library, please bring them to the Circulation Desk with your student/faculty ID or a community borrowing card. Please review our Borrowing privileges page for more information regarding borrower responsibilities, lending times, and library fees specific to students, staff/faculty, community members.