The Seeley G. Mudd Library offers a collection of over 350,000 books and periodicals, 23,000 musical scores, 14,000 audio recordings, 11,000 video recordings, as well as provides access to a wide range of subscription electronic resources. We also maintain Lux, the Lawrence University institutional repository.

Explore Library Collections with OneSearch

Books, DVDs, musical scores, and more library items as well as electronic articles, images, videos, and more can be all searched from OneSearch! See our OneSearch Tips & Tools to learn more.

About Our Collections:

Electronic Resources


  • OneSearch: Search for articles here if you are researching a multidisciplinary topic or you are just beginning your research. OneSearch searches most of our electronic resources as well as those located in the library (books, paper journals, etc.).
  • Electronic Resources: This guide includes links and descriptions general and subject-specific electronic databases (such as GeoRef, RILM, Historical Abstracts, PsycInfo, JSTOR, etc.) for more advanced searching. Select the tab for the general subject area of your research to find the best database for your searching.

Streaming Audio & Video


  • ARTstor Image Library provides tools and software to search, present, and share over one million digital images both online and offline for research and teaching purposes.
  • Lawrence University Department of Theatre Arts Productions collection, located in Artstor's public collections, contains images, programs and other materials from theater productions that have been produced by the Lawrence University Department of Theatre Arts.
  • Image Databases on the Web: This guide contains a large collection of links to image collections on a wide range of topics, disciplines, and organizations. It also includes helpful information on citations, copyright, and public domain.

Contact our Digital Collections Librarian with questions about searching for images or using images in your classroom or publication.

Lux: Lawrence University Institutional Repository

eBooks, Book Databases & Audiobooks

  • EBSCO eBook Collection General topic collection of eBooks (access is restricted to current Lawrence students, faculty, and staff).
  • The Languages & Literature tab in the electronic resources guide includes multiple historic book databases, such as Eighteenth Century Collections Online.
  • OverDrive Digital Library can be accessed through the Appleton Public Library. These provide access to many popular fiction and non-fiction titles in eBook and audiobook format.  An Appleton Public Library card is required, which is available to Lawrence University students by visiting the public library.
  • The Internet ArchiveDirectory of Open Access BooksGoogle Books, and the HathiTrust are all online sites with access to eBooks.
  • The Mudd Library has a collection of audio books and other text CDs on the first floor.

Books, Music, Video & More in the Library

Main Collection

  • Books located in the main collection (3rd and 4th floors) can be checked out by all Lawrence students, faculty, and staff. For more on checking out books and many other library materials, see our Circulation page.
  • See our Call Numbers Locations guide to find popular subject areas and their corresponding call number letters and location in the Mudd Library.
  • Want to browse a fiction section? While our library doesn't have a fiction section like a public library, we have created this guide to help you virtually browse fiction by genre or medium: Browse by Genre or Medium guide.

Special Collections

  • The library houses multiple special collections, which are collections that focus on a particular topic or historic significance. See our Special Collections page to learn more about the Civil War, Milwaukee-Downer, Kruse, and Wisconsin Collections, as well as the rooms in which they are held.

Reference Collection

  • Our reference collection (located on the first floor) includes general and subject-specific encyclopedias, indexes, dictionaries, and more. We also provide access to a range of electronic reference sources. See the Reference tab of our Electronic Resources guide for a list.

Music & Scores, Audio, and Video

Contact our Music Librarian if you have questions about finding music, or would like a score or music recording purchased for the library.

Periodicals and Journals

Mudd Library subscribes to hundreds of paper periodicals and thousands of e-journal titles. Be sure to check Library OneSearch, to verify what the library owns (includes both paper and electronic holdings). Print journals are located on Level A and selected popular magazines are located on the first floor. Search e-journal titles through the electronic journal search.

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Government Documents

  • The Mudd Library is part of the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) to collect, preserve, and make available publications created by the U.S. government.
  • We are also a Selective Depository Library through the Wisconsin Document Depository Program, which means we receive a portion of the thousands of documents published by Wisconsin state agencies.
  • See our Government Documents guide for more information about searching for these documents in the library, and for finding resources online.
  • Federal Documents can be found on Level A of the Mudd Library and Wisconsin Documents can be found on the 4th floor.


Print Newspapers

Print newspapers can be found on the first floor in front of the Circulation desk. We currently subscribe to the following:

  • Wisconsin & National Newspapers: Appleton Post-Crescent | Chicago Tribune | New York Times | Wall Street Journal
  • International Newspapers: Kul'tura (Russian, Moscow) | The Times Daily (London) | Die Zeit (German, Hamburg)

Electronic Newspaper Databases

  • See the News and Newspapers tab on our electronic resources guide for a list of databases that include newspapers and news coverage, includes NexisUni, General OneFile, African American Newspapers 1827-1998, and more.

To learn about how we select items for our collection, see our Collection Development Policy.

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