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Murphy Library Access Services maintains an active reserve collection of course materials such as circulating (Murphy Library-owned) and personal copies of books and DVDs and limited numbers of textbook rental items. Inter-library loan and items owned by other libraries are not eligible for placement on reserve. You may request that the library purchase items for reserve by completing the materials request form. Please direct students to the Access Services circulation desk located on the main floor of the library to check out materials on reserve.

Access Services staff will adjust the type, scope, and number of items made available with consideration of copyright law and fair use guidelines (see our Copyright Guide).

Please allow one week for reserves processing and placement.

Near the end of each semester, instructors will receive an e-mail requesting guidance on the continuation of the reserve item. Unless the faculty response to this e-mail indicates we should retain the reserve, all reserve materials will be removed and shelved or returned to the faculty member at the end of each semester.

To request that items be placed on reserve, please fill out this form:

Find a notary expanding section

If you need a document notarized, please contact our Administration Office  to schedule an appointment (Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

608.785.8505 or

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Distance Learners

The Resources for Distance Learners page provides a collection of helpful information for students studying off campus.

Emeritus Faculty

Murphy Library extends to emeritus faculty the use of computers within the library, Resource Sharing/Interlibrary Loan of materials from other institutions, and the searching of licensed e-resource databases and online journals. For information on how to access resources, please use the instructions provided.

Graduate Students

Not sure where to start? Try our Resources for Graduate Students page.

Faculty & Staff

A collection of resources and helpful information can be found on the Resources for Faculty and Academic Staff library guide.


Alumni of UWL have two options for borrowing materials from Murphy Library. If you are a member of the Alumni Association, bring your Alumni Card to the Circulation Desk for a free library account. You may also sign up for a library account as a community member (see below).

Community Members

Members of the community who are not affiliated with UWL may still borrow materials from Murphy Library. See our Lending Policies for more details.

Locate lost items expanding section

Lost & found

The lost and found is located on the first floor at the Circulation Help Desk. Items are periodically turned over to the University Information Center and Police Services, which is located in the parking ramp near Carl Wimberly Hall.

Make a suggestion expanding section

This is an anonymous form - we receive no information about you unless you fill in your name and an email address below. Without your email address we are unable to send you a reply.

Request library books or media expanding section

Although the library cannot purchase every item requested, all requests will be considered.

Think the library might already own the item you are requesting? Use Search@UW to check.

Reserve a display case expanding section

Please see the complete Display Case policy before completing this form.

Reserve a Room expanding section

Fall 2020/Spring 2021: Due to COVID safety restrictions, the following rooms are unavailable for reservation. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Room 25 - Basement

Seats: 20

Use: Murphy Library Room 25 is available to faculty and students whenever the library is open. 

To reserve: please check the calendar and fill out the request form.

Room 30 - Library Instruction Classroom

Seats: 28

Use: Library instruction

To reserve: please complete the library instruction request form or email

Room 120 - Seminar Room

Seats: 15

Use: Library meetings or as a base for a library-related forum. This room is open for group study but is available for class reservations. In the case of a room reservation, a sign will be posted stating when the room will be unavailable to general library use.

To reserve: please email the library administrative office with your request: Your request will be confirmed if the room is available.

Study Carrels

Use: For individual study. See the study carrel policy for more information.

To reserve: please complete the study carrel request form.

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*Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, study carrels are unavailable for Fall 2020.

Please review the Study Carrel policies before submitting the form below.