May 22, 2022

Research Libraries: University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Complete Long-Term Facilities Master Plan

UPDATE December 8 University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus Libraries Facilities Master Plan (Slide Deck Used at U. of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Campus Forum on December 7, 2017.

UPDATE December 8 VIDEO of UW-Madison Campus Libraries Facilities Master Plan Forum (December 7, 2017)

UPDATE December 8 UW-Madison Library Plan Would Create Six ‘Hubs,’ Close 22 Libraries and Reduce Collection Space (via Wisconsin State-Journal)


From UW-Madison Libraries:

2017-11-27_17-11-18Imagine: A completely reconstructed Memorial Library that preserves the historic core of the building while replacing many book stacks with optimized user spaces; a new south campus library, plus remodeled College and Steenbock libraries. That is part of the vision in the newly completed University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries long-term facilities master plan.

“The Chancellor gave us the challenge of rationalizing the number of libraries on this campus, while looking for a way to transform the long-term vision of how we serve our users,” said Ed Van Gemert, Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian. “This plan enhances our strengths: world-class information resources, the expertise of professional librarians and library staff, and modern, well-designed learning spaces. I truly believe everything starts with the right vision, and we have found that vision.”


The final recommendation calls for projects designed to enhance and support research, teaching and learning, modern learning spaces, collection development, service delivery, strategic partnerships, and staff and patron experiences. The projects start with the already-in-progress, successful consolidation efforts, and call for a six-library hub system to enhance the reach, consistency, and depth of services, create a cohesive campus library identity, while reducing the Libraries’ physical footprint on campus.

Read the Complete Blog Post

Direct to Facilities Master Plan Website and Additional Resources

See Also: University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Facilities Master Plan User Research Report (June 4, 2017)

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