• 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, 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.
  • Reference
    A Reference Librarian is available at the reference desk until 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, and Sundays from 1:00-10:00 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 ILLiad or by clicking the Find It button when searching our databases.
  • Technical Services
    Located in the offices at the east end of the first floor, Technical Services 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 Seeley G. Mudd Library contains nearly 400,000 book volumes. Books, as well as journals, CDs, videos, atlases, and more, 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). These are located on the first floor, in front of the circulation desk.
  • Art & Visual Resources
    The Visual Resources Library 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. Both federal and Wisconsin documents are located on the library’s second 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

  • Quiet and Group Study Areas
    The first floor of the Mudd Library is considered our group study floor. Because of this, it can often get noisy on this floor. The noise level gets quieter on each level of the library, with the fourth floor being the most quiet. The library also has study rooms and student offices.
  • 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.
  • Copy Machines
    One copy machine is located in the library on the first floor near the Circulation Desk. Cost is ten cents per side for an 8 1/2 x 11 copy.  For more information, see our print, copy, scan page.
  • Lockers
    Key-operated lockers are provided for short term storage of personal and checked-out library materials for students who wish to secure their belongings while studying in the library.  See our lockers page for more information.
  • Computers
    PC and Mac computers for student, faculty, and staff use are available in the Information Technology Center (ITC) lab on the second floor, in the computer carrels on the second, third and fourth floors, and on the first floor. Please read the library's Computer Use Policy before using library computers.

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