The UW-Madison Libraries has the 11th largest research library collection in North America, according to a survey by the Association of Research Libraries. Memorial Library, the largest library in Wisconsin, and more than 40 General Library System, professional and special-purpose libraries serve the campus. In 2004, the campus library collections included more than 7.3 million volumes representing human inquiry through all of history. In addition, there are more than 55,000 serial titles, 6.2 million microfilm items, and hundreds of thousands of government documents, maps, musical scores, audiovisual materials and other items housed in libraries across campus. Nearly 1 million volumes are circulated to library users every year. The UW libraries also emphasize service. Library staff take an active interest in teaching people how to use information resources. Nearly 27,000 students, staff and faculty attend library workshops and instructional programs each year. These instructional sessions include tours and hands-on classes about how to use the computer catalog and how to find specialized information.

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