The Seeley G. Mudd Library, an active partner in the teaching and learning mission of the college and conservatory of Lawrence University, prepares students for a lifetime of learning, and supports the creation and dissemination of knowledge through our welcoming and inclusive environment, our resources and technologies, and our excellent staff.

Exterior view of the Mudd Library building, when standing off to the right. Iconic globe light fixtures, green grasses, and a blue sky with fluffy clouds surround the building. Outdoor tables and chairs are located just outside the building entrance.

School Year Library Hours


Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. to midnight
Friday: 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to midnight

Reference Desk Hours

Monday - Thursday:  11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: No reference
Sunday:  1:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Archives Hours

By appointment

Directions to the Mudd

The library is located on the southwest corner of College Avenue and Lawe Street just east of downtown Appleton. The closest parking is next to the Lawrence Memorial Chapel (across College Ave. from the library).

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Address: 113 S. Lawe St., Appleton, WI 54911 
For help call 920-832-6750

For accessible parking options, see our accessibility page.

Want information about getting around campus? See the Campus Maps page.

Who was Dr. Seeley G. Mudd?

Seeley Greenleaf Mudd was born on April 18, 1895 in Denver, Colorado. He was eight when his family moved to Los Angeles. Mudd attended Stanford for two years before transferring to Columbia, where he received a B.S. degree in mining engineering. He later attended Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. degree in 1924.

Dr. Mudd practiced cardiology in Los Angeles before joining the faculty at the California Institute of Technology. He was later dean and professor at the School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.

During his lifetime, Dr. Mudd contributed more than $10 million to private colleges and universities. By his will, Dr. Mudd created the Seeley G. Mudd Fund to continue the work, "that educational excellence be supported in the form of grants for the construction of buildings for teaching, learning, and research." The Princeton University Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library website contains additional details about Dr. Mudd's philanthropic work.

Dr. Mudd died on March 10, 1968.

Why is the Library Director position named for Alice G. Chapman?

Born in Boston in 1853, Alice Greenwood Chapman grew up in Milwaukee, where her father, T. A. Chapman, ran Chapman’s Department Store. She attended Milwaukee Female College, a predecessor of Milwaukee-Downer, and served on Milwaukee-Downer’s Board of Trustees from 1906 until her death in 1935. Known as “an ardent lover of music,” Alice Chapman was an accomplished musician who also enjoyed composing. She was active with a numerous civic groups, including the Milwaukee Institute of Arts, the Visiting Nurses Association and the Children’s Hospital.

Chapman was a generous benefactor for Milwaukee-Downer, including a bequest that funded a new library building. The Chapman Memorial Library contained an art gallery, "the Oak Room" (after which the Milwaukee-Downer Room in the Seeley G. Mudd Library was apparently modeled), and the Teakwood Room -- which came from the Chapman home. After the consolidation with Lawrence, the Chapman Library became Chapman Hall and is now the Office of the Chancellor at UW-Milwaukee.

Honoring Ms. Chapman at Lawrence University
At Lawrence, we honor Alice Chapman with Alice G. Chapman Hall, the former Downer Commons, home to the Lawrence admissions office, the career center, the alumni and constituency engagement office and the film studies program. In addition, the University Librarian holds the title, Alice G. Chapman Director of the Library.

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