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University library collections

Portrait of Scott Mandernack, associate dean for scholarly resources and collections

The Libraries’ support of the teaching and research efforts of Marquette University is expressed, in part, through the identification, selection, management, and preservation of collections and other information resources. Marquette’s broad and diverse collections support the students, faculty, and staff at all levels of research. As we build and develop our collections, we take seriously the principles of the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights, which affirms that intellectual freedom is the essence of equitable library services, providing for open discovery and the free exchange of all expressions of ideas.

We continuously add to our collections of print books, journals, media, microforms, and other formats of materials—currently more than 1.8 million volumes—which form the historic foundation of our library holdings. We also provide access to a vast and growing collection of electronic resources, including over 785,000 e-books, approximately 40,000 e-journal subscriptions, and more than 1 million electronic theses and dissertations. However, selectivity and responsiveness have become hallmarks of collection building and resource management in the 21st century. Building comprehensive collections that cover all disciplines and specializations is complicated by ever-increasing numbers of publications, escalating costs that far exceed appropriations, and growing demands for increased access, convenience, and functionality. Read more.



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Big data gets space in institutional repository

The dissemination of research data, especially in relation to federal funding, has been a topic of interest for librarians and academics in recent years. To address this issue, the Libraries began a pilot project to bring research data into e-Publications@Marquette, the university’s institutional repository.

Progress with the pilot has revealed a number of challenges, including the difficulty of describing research data and providing it with relevant context. This challenge was met by including the publications that came about as a result of the research alongside the data. Other challenges include dealing with multiple file-types and ensuring that they will continue to be accessible under the Libraries’ curation.

The pilot project features data and publications from Dr. Richard Fehring and his research project, Randomized Comparison of Two Internet–Supported Natural Family Planning Methods, and Dr. Michael T. Johnson and his Dr. Dolittle Project: A Framework for Classification and Understanding of Animal Vocalizations. The pilot is ongoing with continued work is being done on both projects.

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Quixote Center Records

 Photo of Saint John's BibleThe Quixote Center Records is a newly processed collection in the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. The Center donated its collection of historical records to Marquette in 2010 so that it might stand alongside our other strong collections in the area of Catholic Social Action—such as the Dorothy Day-Catholic Worker Collection, the National Catholic Conference on Interracial Justice Records, and the records of the Women’s Ordination Conference.

The Quixote Center was a non-profit social action organization co-founded by William Callahan, S.J. and Dolly Pomerleau in 1976 with the broad goal of creating a more just world. Named after Miguel de Cervantes’s fictional character, the Quixote Center strove “to reach for stars that seem too distant to be touched, or too dim to be worth the effort.”Read more.

Funding Information Center helps grantseekers

FIC staff helping grant seeker

Since 1973, Raynor Library has been home to the Funding Information Center, one of over 470 centers worldwide coordinated by the Foundation Center. The FIC is rooted in the Foundation Center’s mission to “strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world.” It advances this mission by providing access to the most current philanthropic information available to researchers and the grant seeking public.

The FIC collection focuses on private foundations, philanthropy, fundraising, letter and proposal writing, volunteerism, nonprofit organization and management, and corporate giving programs.

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Looking back: Milwaukee music collection at Marquette

Paul Cebar album coverThe Libraries have collected music recorded by Milwaukeeans since the early 1990s. Over 2,000 recordings of classical, jazz, folk, Christian, punk, rock and more make up the collection known as the Jean Cuje Music Collection.

This collection was intended to be a small initiative to commemorate a Marquette cataloger, Jean Cuje, who died in November 1992. Cuje was a musician in her own right, having played the bassoon with the American Ballet Theatre and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. It was fitting to honor her memory by honoring what she loved most—music. Read more.

  • Message from the dean
  • Upcoming events

Janice WelburnIt was once said, "adversity is a fact of life. It can't be controlled. What we can control is how we react to it."

This sentiment resonates when we take time to reflect on the past year and look toward the next one. Raynor Memorial Libraries, like the rest of our university, has had to face its share of challenges by reducing staff and continuing to work with the university to develop new processes for budgeting and funding our electronic journals and resources. We are not alone. Most colleges and universities across the United State and in other parts of the world are seeing their budgets consumed by the costs of buying and retaining electronic journals and resources that are popular with library users. Nevertheless, we remain steadfast in our commitment to deliver the very best services and essential information resources used throughout our community to advance scholarship and learning.

When you return in the fall semester there will be visible improvements to Raynor Memorial, including better signage throughout the buildings and location maps imbedded in MarqCat to better assist you in finding what you are looking for in our print collections. We will also be ready to share with you what we learned from our LibQUAL library assessment survey, made available to faculty, students, and staff. We have used LibQUAL to make service improvements in the past, and we will continue to do so in the next few years.

Our vision is for Raynor Memorial Libraries to create and sustain synergy between information and the Marquette community that advances research and the quality of teaching and learning. We continue to rethink how we as a community of information professionals work with the diversity of user populations across our campus. Given the promises of continually evolving information technologies in our world and in scholarly and learning environments, we intend to continue to think in transformative ways about our collections and about how we provide services and access to information. Our vision also supports both the discovery of new knowledge and the preservation of our cultural memory. Toward that end, we remain committed in the face of adversity to search for creative solutions to problems and to continue to interweave our services and collections into the everyday practices of learning, teaching, and scholarly work.

Finally, the staff of Raynor Memorial Libraries remain committed to building bridges across our campus that create links aimed at contributing to the transformative experiences of our students and faculty's intellectual endeavors.

Janice Welburn
Dean, University Libraries
Marquette University

Save the date!

Ries and Anderson Poetry Reading

Milwaukee poets Charles Ries and Steven Anderson will share a selection of their poems at this special reading.

Ries is a Sheboygan native and University of Wisconsin graduate well-known for his narrative poems and short stories—which have appeared in over two hundred publications. He has received four Pushcart Prize nominations and was awarded the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association "Jade Ring" for humorous poetry.

Anderson is a prize-winning Milwaukee poet whose work has appeared in Southwest Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, New Purlieu Review, Foundling Review, Verse Wisconsin, Fox Cry Review, Free Verse Brawler as well as in numerous other print and online journals.

Register here.

Direct questions to elisa.coghlan.

Date: Monday, April 28
Time: 4:30-6 pm
Location: Meet in the lobby of Raynor Library

RefWorks Workshops

Collect, organize, and manage citations!

With RefWorks you can:

  • * Create bibliographies using a wide choice of citation styles
  • * Export references from article databases into Refworks
  • * Generate in-text citations and bibliographies as you type your documents


  • · Tuesday, April 1 from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • · Wednesday, April 2 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
  • · Monday, April 7 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • · Thursday, April 10 from 3:30-4:30 p.m.
  • · Monday, April 21 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
  • · Thursday, April 24 from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Location: Raynor Library, room 227

J.R.R. Tolkien Manuscripts: Public Showings

A public showing of J.R.R. Tolkien's original manuscripts will take place Friday, May 16 in Raynor Library's Prucha Archives Reading Room.

The showing is one of several throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. Presentations are led by Raynor Library archivists. Among the manuscripts shown are The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

This free event is open to the Marquette community and general public. Reservations are not necessary. Please note that this event is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Photography will not be allowed.

Contact Bill Fliss,, for more information.

Date: Friday, May 16
Time: 2:30 – 3:15 pm
Location: Prucha Archives Reading Room, 3rd floor, Raynor Library

Texting in the Libraries

Locating print books, journals, and other material found in the online catalog, MARQCAT, has gotten easier. The catalog now allows users to text the call number of an item to their cell phone.

By entering your cell phone number and provider, the system will send you a text with the item’s call number and physical location in the Libraries.

View an example here!

Policies support open access to federally funded research

The Internet has made possible new opportunities in scholarly publishing. Physical limitations of the print journal no longer apply to digital content. Online content is easier to find, and supporting materials and data can be made available in a dynamic format. Digital publishing provides new opportunities for widespread dissemination of research articles, giving rise to alternative publishing models.

Central to discussions about scholarly communication is Open Access publishing. Open Access benefits the interests of researchers, scholars, students, businesses, and the public by making results of research freely available to anyone, without the barriers of subscription-based publishing. In recent years private and public institutions that fund research have developed or support policies that require researchers to make their findings available to the public in the form of openly available articles and data.

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New books in Browsing

The Libraries are continually adding to all of our collections, including browsing books. Take a break from the rigors of academic reading and enjoy our current fiction, poetry, biographies, and many other popular books.

View all of browsing, or new titles below.

  • Book jacket illustration for: Acid test : LSD, Ecstasy, and the power to heal
  • Book jacket illustration for: Bones never lie : a novel
  • Book jacket illustration for: Death of a King : the real story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s final year
  • Book jacket illustration for: The drop : [a novel]
  • Book jacket illustration for: Elvis & Ginger
  • Book jacket illustration for: The eye of heaven
  • Book jacket illustration for: How we learn : the surprising truth about when, where, and why it happens
  • Book jacket illustration for: Killing Patton : the strange death of World War II's most audacious general
  • Book jacket illustration for: Liar, temptress, soldier, spy : four women undercover in the Civil War
  • Book jacket illustration for: The marshmallow test : mastering self-control
  • Book jacket illustration for: Off the sidelines : raise your voice, change the world
  • Book jacket illustration for: Rise : a soldier, a dream, and a promise kept