What campus services will be running? Libraries, unions, computer labs, recreation facilities?

  • We are reopening as many of these spaces as we are safely able to.
  • We developed a directory of campus spaces – and their respective resources – available this fall to support students participating in remote courses and related course activities such as remote quizzes, exams and other assessments, including proctored exams. The rooms will provide students with dedicated spaces and reliable internet access to complete coursework. Rooms will be distributed across campus, with a mix of drop-in and reservation-based spaces. Students will also be able to request private and semi-private spaces, rooms with computers and long-term access to rooms to support their remote learning throughout the semester. Access will be prioritized based on student needs.
  • Libraries will be open for appointment-based access to collections, study space and computer lab services. In order to improve safety (block off time for cleaning, for example), there will be a reduction in library locations and hours, and increased support through online services. We remain committed to providing library support for learning and research, but in general students should expect limited capacity in the library buildings and should plan to do studying in their residences as much as possible.
  • Most computer labs (InfoLabs) will be open but some will require reservations, and all will have reduced capacity to allow for physical distancing. For information on which computer labs are open, and services available at each (including equipment check-out), visit the InfoLab locations page.
  • The student unions (Union South and Memorial Union, along with the Union Terrace) will be open only to UW-Madison students, faculty, and staff this fall. To enter, each person must show a valid Wiscard.
    • The spaces in our unions will be largely converted into quiet places for study (available on a first come, first served basis) as well as space for classes.
    • Limited meeting spaces for student organizations will be available by reservation. Contact events@union.wisc.edu.
    • For a list of dining options in the unions and available purchase methods, visithttp://union.wisc.edu/dine.
    • The Wiscard office at Union South will be open in person.
  • Recreation/wellness facilities will be open as follows:
    • The Shell is open for students, faculty, and staff for cardio equipment, track, weight lifting, circuit work, and stretching. Other in-person programs and activities will become available when deemed safe. Reservations (70-minute maximum) are required and can be booked by logging in.
      • Occupancy will initially be limited to 25% and masks will be required at all times.
    • Nielsen Tennis Stadium is open for students, faculty, and staff (singles tennis only). Reservations are required.
      • Occupancy will initially be limited to 25% and masks will be required at all times.
    • The Nicholas Recreation Center is expected to open in a limited capacity on Monday, September 14, with fitness and weightlifting spaces available. The pool will not be available.
    • The opening of the Soderholm Family Aquatic Center is expected to be delayed until early to mid-October.
  • Visit recwell.wisc.edu for a list of virtual programs, including group fitness classes, intramural sports, at-home workouts, personal training, e-sports leagues, and well-being resources.
  • We’ve compiled some additional resources for navigating campus this fall.