Reference services

Reference librarians can help you find the information you need for your research, and save you time in the process!

There are several ways to contact a reference librarian at Murphy Library.

Offered during fall and spring semesters:

  • Reference Desk
    Staffed by librarians 40 hours per week, including weekdays and Sunday afternoons. 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.
  • Telephone
    Contact the reference desk by phone at 608.785.8508 or toll-free at 800.881.4454
Also offered during fall and spring semesters, plus summer and winter sessions:
  • Individual Research Consultations
    We offer individual appointments with reference librarians for more extensive and personalized research assistance. 
  • Ask-A-Librarian
    Ask us a question via web form or email, and we'll email you back. 

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 UWL.

We're eager to help you!