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Faculty & Staff Resources: Collections

UWW Libraries' Physical Collections

Below are the most commonly used collections in the Andersen Library:

Browsing Collections

The Browsing collections at the Andersen Library include popular fiction and non-fiction books, audio books, CDs, DVDs, VHS, graphic novels, and video games. Located on the second floor.

Curriculum Collections

The Curriculum Collections at Andersen Library includes juvenile fiction and nonfiction books, easy books, K-12 textbooks, curriculum guides, diagnostic tests, kits and games. Located on the second floor.

Government Documents

The Libraries are official, selective depositories for U.S. Federal and Wisconsin documents. The government documents collections are located on the first and second floors of Andersen Library and the first floor of Lenox Library.

Main Collections

The Main Collection and Main Oversize Collection contain mostly books. They are on the third floor of Andersen Library and the first floor of Lenox Library.

Periodicals Collections

Print and microform magazines, journals and newspapers are on the first floors of both libraries and are for in-library use only. Current issues of newspapers and some popular magazines are also on the second floor at Andersen Library.

Reference Collection

The Reference Collection at Andersen Library contains dictionaries, encyclopedias, manuals and other books that help locate specific information for either a quick answer or more detailed research. These titles are available for 24 hour checkout. The Reference Universe database will help you determine which reference book (online or print) has the information you want.

Archives & Area Research Center

This area includes the University Archives, Special Collections and the Area Research Center (ARC), which is an extension of the Wisconsin Historical Society. In addition to the ARC's collections, a courier service allows access to the Wisconsin Historical Society's archives and the collections of ARCs around the state. Located on the first floor of Andersen Library.

Collection Highlights

Andersen Library owns:

  • 594,000 books & bound periodicals
  • 113,000 ebooks
  • 426,000 microforms (microfilm and microfiche)
  • 20,000 audio-visual items (plus more streaming online)

Andersen Library subscribes to:

  • 15,000 print, online & microform journals and newspapers
  • 290+ online databases

Get Help: Ask a Librarian

Andersen Library Reference Desk

Phone: (262) 472-1032

Call or visit during Reference Desk Hours

Make an Appointment with any Librarian

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*UW-W librarians staff are staffing this chat service on an irregular basis during winterim 2021. You may chat with non-UW-W librarians at any time, and we will follow up if needed.