Elton S. Karrmann Library


The Elton S. Karrmann Library is the focal point for information on the UW-Platteville campus. The library’s collections include 280,500 books, 90,800 government publications, subscriptions to 700 periodicals, 60 newspapers, and 1,040 other serial titles. In addition, the library offers over 100 subscription databases (many of which offer full text journal articles), 20,000 maps, 16,000 audiovisual materials, and 1,000,000 microforms. An interlibrary loan network supplements these materials.

The library’s webpage provides access to its catalogue, numerous electronic resources, and other research tools. It can be accessed either in the library or remotely from computer labs, residence halls, offices, or homes. Reference service is available on the main floor of the library, by telephone 608.342.1668, toll free 1.888.450.4632 or email: “Ask a Librarian!” (www.uwplatt.edu/library) from the library’s homepage.

To facilitate use, the library contains several computer labs, reading rooms, individual carrels, and handicap facilities. All of these resources, along with a helpful and friendly staff, reflect the library’s commitment to support individual study and research.

Library Use Instruction

University librarians are available to provide library use instruction for any classes or to assist with any assignment-specific needs. Arrangements are made with the librarian assigned to work with a specific department.

Distance Education Support

The Karrmann Library provides information resources support to distance learning faculty and students. www.uwplatt.edu/library/distance-education-students

Special Collections

Instructional Material Laboratory

www.uwplatt.edu/library/instructional-materials-laboratory, telephone 608.342.1099, the IML is a curriculum library that supports the School of Education with materials that facilitate Pre K-12 grade education. Its resources include books, audiovisual materials, and three-dimensional toys. Its collection also contains selective resources that assist the teaching profession.

Southwest Wisconsin Room

www.uwplatt.edu/library/southwest-wisconsin-room, email: swwis@uwplatt.edu, telephone 608.342.1719, this resource contains UW-Platteville’s archives, the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Area Research Center, and a reading room. Its collections consist of books as well as extensive manuscript and iconographic primary source materials that pertain to the history of UW-Platteville, Southwest Wisconsin, and genealogy.

Information Technology Services


The Information Technology Services provides for the communication and computing technology needs of the university community. Eager to assist students in the use of computing technology, ITS strongly encourages each student to make use of the excellent resources available on campus. Additionally, ITS provides computer support and troubleshooting for all faculty and staff.

General Computer Access (GCA) Labs

Located in the Karrmann Library and the Markee Pioneer Student Center, GCA labs are available to all students from early morning to late night during the school term. Labs make available both Windows and Macintosh computer systems and laser printers with a variety of software for word processing, spreadsheet, and database management in addition to Internet access and course-specific software. Consultants staff the lab in the Markee Pioneer Student Center to answer questions and provide assistance.

Discipline Specific Labs

Each of the three colleges and many of the academic units within each college provide computer labs with hardware and software suited to their particular disciplines. Hardware, software, scheduled availability, and support are all determined by the college or department.

Campus Wide Servers

ITS operates Windows, Macintosh, and Linux servers in its core data centers. These servers host campus services that provide email, network access, Internet access, user data storage, student accounts, and various academic and administrative computing needs.

Campus Network Infrastructure

Every residence hall room and every classroom building has the wiring necessary for complete network and Internet access. In addition, wireless network access is present in all campus academic and administrative buildings. ResNet, a division of Residence Life, provides support for residence hall network access.

Internet Access

Each student receives a computer account with username (NetID) and password that provides full electronic mail capability and access to UW-Platteville computer labs. Students may access the Internet in any lab, via wireless or through a ResNet connection.

Help Desk

The ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 is the first point of contact for faculty, staff, and students with any computer problems, including new system installs, software and hardware purchases, computer errors, lab problems, and so on. Telephone support personnel will attempt to answer most questions over the telephone. Any issues not resolved immediately are assigned to Help Desk Technicians or Computer Support Staff who provide prompt and courteous service.

Instructional Center for Educational Technologies (ICET)


The purpose of the Instructional Center for Educational Technologies is to:

  • provide training/support of software programs used by students and instructors in the process of teaching and learning
  • develop documentation associated with uses of software used in academic endeavors
  • assist with research activities associated with using technology in the enhancement of the scholarship of teaching/learning
  • identify resources and research results to showcase best practices in the area of educational technology
  • provide opportunities for instructors to share their successes and learning opportunities when using educational technology

Media Technology Services


Media Technology Services is a multifaceted resource for faculty, staff, and students to support academic programs and projects. The areas of service include the following:

Educational and Promotional Recording Services

MTS video and audio records a wide variety of activities on campus for a variety of purposes: guest lectures, event documentation, meetings, interviews, student presentations, and pre-recording of lectures for later playback. Taping can be done in the classroom or on location. MTS can record cable television programs for instructional uses.

Equipment Checkout

The department provides a variety of audiovisual equipment that may be checked out by faculty, staff, and students for educational purposes. Equipment includes computer projection systems, digital cameras, video cameras, CD recorders, phone conferencing units, and digital audio recorders.

Cable Television

MTS provides cable service to the residence halls, oversees the operation and programming of campus cable television, and provides maintenance support for the cable system.

Equipment Maintenance

A variety of maintenance services, including equipment repair, equipment recommendations, and maintenance of technology enhanced classrooms, are provided by the MTS staff.

Distance Education

The University has three facilities with the capability to transmit or receive video from a variety of sources using various technologies.