Library Statistics

Polk Library

Electronic Information

Full Text databases, electronic journal collections and electronic books

  • 103,275 serials/e-journals
  • 204,464 ebooks
  • 64,589 streaming videos
  • 245 databases

Online Resources

  • Search@UW 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.
  • Accounts allows access to online holds, recalls, renewals, Interlibrary loan and more!

Traditional Print Collections

  • 393,435 books 
  • 25,356 Educational Materials Center (EMC) materials
  • 96,046 bound periodical volumes
  • 1.4 million microforms
  • 16,830 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.
  • Over 6,000 materials loaned through the library's Interlibrary Loan service.
  • In-person and chat reference service available.
  • Library Instruction to approximately 478 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.