Polk Library Statistics

Electronic Information

Full Text databases, electronic journal collections and electronic books

  • 15,817 periodical titles available for full-text article access (some partial)
  • 12,812 electronic books

Online Library Catalog

  • Universal Borrowing allows users to search over 13 million items in the UW System, request them instantly, and then the item is delivered to Polk Library for pick-up.
  • "My Account" section allows access to online holds, recalls, renewals.

Traditional Print Collections

  • 448,751 books
  • 96,046 bound periodical volumes
  • 1,183 current periodical subscriptions (paper)
  • 133,282 volumes government documents
  • 1.4 million microforms
  • 12,812 multimedia titles
  • 34,000 maps
  • 2,400 linear feet of archival material

Library Services

  • During a typical week, 12,000 people enter Polk Library, which is open 101 hours.
  • Over 120,000 books and other materials circulate each year.
  • Interlibrary Loan service.
  • In-person and chat reference service available.
  • Library Instruction to approximately 300 classes per year – including hands-on instruction.
  • Polk Library News keeps the campus informed and up-to-date regarding changes in library services and resources, activities of library staff and major trends impacting academic libraries in Wisconsin and around the world.