About the UW-Madison Chemistry Library


The Chemistry Library is located in Room 2361 of the Daniels wing of the Chemistry Building 1101 University Ave., Madison, Wisconsin.

The Chemistry Library is a member of the General Library System of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and provides information and materials on chemistry to the UW campus. Chemistry Department faculty, researchers and students are the primary clientele. Resources and services are also used by those in related fields such as biochemistry, chemical engineering, health sciences, pharmacy, and life sciences.

The Collection

The Chemistry collection is part of an integrated UW-Madison campus library system that includes over 20,000 electronic journals, 650 indexing databases and 7.3 million printed volumes.  The print collection located in the Chemistry Library is a small portion of the resources available to users.

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  • The Chemistry Library has 2 photocopiers available for use by the general public. Copies made with a Debitcard cost $.10 each.
  • A Debitcard wall unit is available in the library for the purchase of Debitcards and for adding money to Debitcards. One dollar will purchase a card ($.75 is encoded on the card; the cost of the card is $.25).
  • The Debitcard wall unit will accept currency in $1, $5, $10 or $20 bills. Coins are not accepted. Change is not given.
  • There is one additional copier/scanner located in the library for use by Chemistry Department personnel with a special Debitcard.
  • Printing from many of the Library's computers is available. The cost is $.07 per page with a Debitcard or WiscCard.


General Information for all UW-Madison borrowers

For all other borrowers, please see the Borrowing Policies and Library Privileges page on the UW-Madison Libraries main website.

  • Materials in the Chemistry Library circulate to anyone with a valid University of Wisconsin-Madison ID or borrowing card issued by the General Library System.
  • Books borrowed from UW-Madison Libraries (with the exception of reserve, short-term loan materials, fragile materials and journals) may be returned to any campus library participating in OPEN RETURN.
  • Replacement charges will be incurred 28 days after the due date for all materials
  • Reserve materials are subject to fines of $2 per hour to a maximum of $35 per item.
  • Reserve books, short-term loan materials and Interlibrary Loan materials cannot be recalled.
  • One overdue recalled book will result in a block of your borrowing privileges at all libraries.
  • Recalled books, reserve materials and Interlibrary Loan materials cannot be renewed.
  • Library materials can be renewed using the library's online catalog.
  • Books can be recalled using the library's online catalog.

Loan Policy for Undergraduates

  • Books and serials: 28 days
  • Journals: in-library use only
  • Reserve books: 3 hours
  • Class notes and exams: 2 hours, in-library use only
  • Reference books: in-library use only
  • Renewal Policy for Undergraduates: 2 renewals are allowed for regular books.

Loan Policy for Graduate Students and Faculty

  • Books and serials: due Dec. 30 or May 30. Books checked out within one month of these dates will have the later due date.
  • Journals: in-library use only
  • Reserve books: 3 hours
  • Class notes and exams: 2 hours, in-library use only
  • Reference books: in-library use only
  • Renewal Policy for Graduate Students and Faculty: 6 renewals are allowed for regular books.

Reference Services Policy

The goal of the Chemistry Library reference service is to provide accurate, timely, and complete reference/information in support of the teaching, learning, and research needs of the UW-Madison chemistry community.  When appropriate, reference staff will provide instruction in the use of reference resources to enable independent use of reference resources. Each inquiry shall receive equitable attention and effort, regardless of affiliation or individual differences within the limits of time, staffing, available resources, and professional judgment of reference staff. 

The Chemistry Library strives to maintain a standard, up-to-date chemistry reference collection.  Accuracy of information cannot be guaranteed due to limitations of resources or the knowledge of the individual librarian. It is the responsibility of the library user to evaluate and interpret the information provided.