• Circulation 
    Your Lawrence I.D. serves as your library card--be sure to bring it with you to the library. Loan periods for students are 28 days for books and scores (end of school year for faculty & staff), 14 days for CDs, 7 days for videos and DVDs. The library also circulates a variety of equipment.
  • Course Reserves
    Books and other materials placed on reserve by professors are available behind the Circulation Desk. Electronic reserves can be accessed by logging in to your library account.
  • Makerspace
    The Makerspace provides all students with access to equipment and tools to enhance the creativity of their academic work. Located on the first floor of the library.
  • Reference
    A Reference Librarian is available at the reference desk until 9:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, and Sundays from 1:00-9:00 p.m. when school is in session, and Monday through Friday 9-4 during academic breaks. Reference Librarians also provide classroom research instruction and one on one research appointments.
  • Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
    Get books and electronic materials from other libraries. You can place a request electronically by logging in to your interlibrary loan account or by clicking the Find It button when searching our databases.
  • Digital Liberal Arts
    The Digital Liberal Arts librarian works to find ways to bring digital scholarship into Lawrence University’s liberal arts mission. 
  • Technical Services
    Located in the offices at the east end of the first floor, this is where library materials are ordered, received, cataloged and processed. Without the work of Technical Services you wouldn't be able to find anything in the library.

Technology Services: While Technology Services (TS, formerly IT) is a separate department from the library, the TS helpdesk is housed on the second floor of the library.


  • Main Collection
    The main collection consists of our books located on the 3rd and 4th floors of the library. Library books, as well as other library materials can be found in OneSearch.
  • Music Collections
    The music collections currently include over 20,000 audio-visual items and over 14,000 musical scores in addition to reference works and other materials related to music in the main library collections. The Music Librarian can help you with questions relating to any aspect of research in music.
  • Electronic Resources
    The library is the virtual home of many electronic resources in a variety of forms. These resources include encyclopedias, reference works, indexes to and full-text of journals, and electronic books.
  • Newspapers & magazines
    The library subscribes to many newspapers and popular magazines in addition to scholarly journals. Popular magazines and newspapers are located on the first floor, in front of the circulation desk. Paper journals are located on level A.
  • Art & Digital Resources
    The Digital Collections page is the place to go for images in a wide range of subject areas, from ancient architecture and illuminated manuscripts to contemporary art and photography.
  • Government Documents
    The library receives documents from the United States federal government and from the state of Wisconsin. The library's Guide to Government Documents will help you navigate through the collection. Federal documents are located on the second floor and Wisconsin Documents are on the 4th floor.
  • Non-Circulating Collections
    While most of the library's collections are open to browse and can be checked out, some of our special collections require librarian assistance to access.
    • Archives: Located on level B, on the east side of the building.
    • Milwaukee-Downer Room collection: Located on first floor near the reference desk. This collection mostly contains old and rare books.
    • Lincoln Reading Room collection: Located on the first floor, in the northeast corner. Contains collections of books and other materials related to Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Civil War.

Additional Information

  • Spaces: The first floor of the Mudd Library is considered our group study floor and can often get noisy. The noise level gets quieter on each level, with the fourth floor being the quietest. See our Spaces in the Library pages for photos of study rooms, student offices, and other spaces.
  • Food and Beverages: Please make sure your beverages are kept in containers with covers. Food should be limited to that which could be obtained from a vending machine, and does not have an odor that will distract other patrons.
  • One copy machine is located in the library on the first floor near the Circulation Desk. For more details, see our print, copy, scan page.
  • Lockers are available for short term storage of student's personal and checked-out library materials. Keys can be checked out from the circulation desk. See our lockers page for more info.
  • Windows and Mac computers for student, faculty, and staff use are available in the computer lab on the second floor, as well as throughout the building. Please read the library's Computer Use Policy before using library computers.