The books at most academic libraries, including the University of Wisconsin libraries, are arranged using the Library of Congress Classification System. Searching the UW-Rock book collection (which numbers over 50,000 volumes) is best done using the online computer catalog.


The library subscribes to about 90 print periodical titles. Although periodicals do not circulate, articles can be photocopied at a cost of 10 cents per page. More than 21,000 periodical titles are available online through indexes such as EBSCOhost or ProQuest. These resources can be accessed via the Databases A-Z website.

Electronic Resources

The library subscribes to more than 300 online databases, 21,600 full-text journals, and 100,000 e-books and DVDs. UW students, faculty and staff may also access these resources from home.


Professors and instructors often place readings on "reserve" in the library. Sometimes students are required to read reserves while others are supplementary readings. Although most reserves circulate for two hours and cannot be taken from the library, some reserves circulate for one to three days and may be taken from the library.


The Reference Collection consists of dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, directories, almanacs, bibliographies, indexes, abstracts and statistical compilations. Reference books cannot be checked out but may be used in the library.

New Book Island

About 1,000 books are added to the UW-Rock County book collection every year. New books are placed on the New Book Island when received and may be checked out.

Videos, DVDs and CDs

With more than 350 DVDs, 500 CDs, the library offers materials in a variety of formats.