UW library master plan presentations on Dec. 7

The following message was sent Nov. 28 by Ed Van Gemert, UW–Madison Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian:

For the past year, the Libraries have enthusiastically taken on the challenge given to us by the Chancellor in 2015 to “rationalize the number of libraries” at UW–Madison, and shape a long-term future for the physical library spaces. We’ve been working closely with Engberg Anderson Architects (Milwaukee/Madison) and brightspot strategies (New York) to develop that plan. Our path forward starts with the right vision, and we are excited to share this vision with campus.

The master plan, which looks 25 years into the future, will guide long-term campus library development.  It is designed to enhance and support research, teaching and learning, modern learning spaces, collection development, service delivery, strategic partnerships, and staff and patron experiences. I firmly believe the plan emphasizes and builds on our strengths: world-class information resources, the expertise of professional librarians and library staff, and modern, well-designed learning spaces.

I am pleased to invite you to one of two community forums where our facilities master plan team will present the final report and recommendations, and share how we came to our conclusion.

Please consider attending one of the following sessions at your convenience:

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Memorial Library, Room 126


Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Location: Steenbock Library, BioCommons

Thank you for your engagement throughout the last year. Your input helped inform our decisions, and I believe we have found a plan that will serve campus in a long-term, rational, and sustainable manner.

For more information on our entire master plan project, final report and recommendations, and process overview, visit Go.Wisc.Edu/LibraryMasterPlan.

We look forward to your attendance.


Ed Van Gemert

Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian

University of Wisconsin–Madison