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Because the WNPRC Library is located within a research facility, a valid UW-Madison I.D., a Memorial Library card, and/or a current State of Wisconsin driver's license is required for access to the Library. Visitors are welcome to the library but may be asked to show valid I.D. in order to gain entry. Unauthorized presence within the Center building or library is prohibited. When using the facility, library users are required to remain within the confines of the library proper (to include restrooms situated at the 2nd floor entrance to the library), unless employed by or affiliated with the WNPRC or accompanied by a WNPRC employee or affiliate.

Fraudulent use or reproduction of a UW-Madison ID is a violation of Wisconsin Criminal Statutes, Sec. 943.38. Expired and fraudulent IDs may be confiscated.

Audiovisual Equipment

The library is equipped with VHS and DVD Players, monitors, and earphones for viewing audiovisual materials.


Users who wish to borrow materials must possess one of the following forms of ID: a valid University of Wisconsin ID, a valid UW System ID, or a General Library System card issued by the UW's Memorial Library. Eligible users may also request items via Book Retrieval through MadCat or via Universal Borrowing.

  • Material Type
  • Books – General Collection
  • New Books
  • Juvenile Book Collection
  • Reference
  • Rare Books
  • Atlases
  • Theses & Dissertations
  • Permanent Reserve
  • Course Reserves
  • Journals
  • Audiovisual Materials
  • Circulation Period
  • 4 weeks
  • 7 days
  • 4 weeks
  • Non-circulating
  • Non-circulating
  • 7 days
  • 4 weeks
  • Non-circulating
  • 3 hours or overnight after 4PM
  • Non-circulating
  • 2 weeks

Materials may be renewed a maximum of two times but are subject to recall. Materials may be returned to the library drop box, located in the main lobby of the building housing the library, or to other UW-Madison Open Return libraries.

DO NOT return audiovisual materials or items with loan periods of 7 days or less to other campus libraries.

Course Reserves

Faculty interested in course reserves should make arrangements in advance. Please call 263-3512 and indicate you are requesting course reserves.


Wisconsin National Primate Research Center reserves the right to prohibit filming or photography within the library if it is believed a filming or photography project would be disruptive to patrons and staff. The policy governing filming or photography is intended to help maintain an appropriate environment for study and research within the library.

Anyone interested in filming or taking photos in the library must contact Jordana Lenon, Public Information Office/Outreach, at 263-7024 for prior approval. If deemed appropriate, UW-Madison Police or Center Building Security may accompany the filming crew.

Food & Beverages

Food and beverages in covered containers are allowed everywhere except within the stacks and/or at the computer workstations.


We request that users keep in mind the WNPRC Library is intended for study and research. Although talking in low tones in allowed, please show respect for those around you by keeping noise to an acceptable level. The WNPRC Library does not have group study rooms available.

Please be courteous in your use of cell phones. Speak softly.


A public photocopier/scanner is available in the library. Copies cost ten cents each; scanning is free. In order to make photocopies you must have a UW-Madison DebitCard or an account with the Primate Center. Please note the library does not have machines for purchasing or adding money to the debit cards.

Public Computer Workstations

Library workstations serve the teaching and research missions of the WNPRC and the University and have been provided for the purpose of making available to library users a wide variety of bibliographic, reference and other databases, electronic mail, and web sites. Uses inconsistent with this mission are not allowed. The appropriation of library workstations by individuals for recreational or personal use is not permitted. Printing is provided at no-charge (black-and-white only). Loading external software and/or copying existing library owned software is prohibited.

See also: Guidelines for Appropriate Use of University of Wisconsin-Madison Information Technology Resources (DoIT)

Wireless network access is available in the library via the campus wireless network; use SSID UWNet–1220_Capitol_Court to connect when in the library. To use this service, you must have a NetID and a wireless-equipped laptop or other electronic device.

WNPRC Library Code of Conduct

(Adapted from the Memorial Library Code of Conduct)

In order to provide a safe, respectful environment for study and research, WNPRC Library expects library users to abide by the code of conduct outlined below:

Individuals are expected to:

Certain behaviors, detailed below, are in conflict with the mission of the WNPRC Library. Behaviors that infringe upon the rights and threaten the safety of library users or staff are prohibited. Prohibited activities and behaviors include, but are not limited to, the following.

Individuals will not:


Any patron who commits or attempts to commit any of the offenses listed above or any other behaviors illegal under the laws of the local, state or federal government is subject to sanctions, which may include:

Questions or comments can be directed to the Library Director at (608) 263-3512.