Reference services

Why a librarian?

Reference librarians can teach you how to effectively utilize the information resources, tools, and services of Murphy Library and beyond, and save you time in the process!

Connect with a librarian

There are several ways to contact a reference librarian.

  • Visit us at the reference desk on the first/main floor at the library during reference hours. No appointment necessary!

  • Give us a call 608.785.8508. (available during reference hours)

  • Webchat with the librarian at the reference desk using the Chat link on the library home page. The Chat service is also available within many Murphy Library databases.
    (available during reference hours)

  • Zoom with the librarian at the reference desk.
    (available during reference hours)

  • Any time, 24/7/365: Email the librarians, and we'll email you back as soon as we can.

  • Any time, 24/7/365: Schedule an Appointment for a more extensive consultation with a librarian.

More about librarians

Reference librarians can help you effectively utilize the information resources, tools, and services of Murphy Library and beyond, and save you time in the process!

Reference librarians maintain particular expertise in the 300+ databases and 6000+ books/e-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, please contact us!