Cooperative Access Program (CAP)

Mission Statement

The Libraries of Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee provide access to their collections and services for each other's academic communities.

This document provides basic information on access to these libraries. Individuals are encouraged to contact specific libraries, or visit their electronic catalogs, or Web sites, for further information.

Cooperative Access Program

The Libraries are implementing this program as a means of improving access for each other's academic communities to the 3,000,000 volume research collections of Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries. In an information intensive era, with spiraling journal costs, proliferating research publications, and increased need for ready access to current scholarship, it is impossible for any single library to meet all user needs. This is particularly true in science, technology, and medical research. For that reason, the three institutions are actively planning ways to increase cooperation in order to minimize the impact of journal cancellations that have unfortunately become a regular feature of the scholarly information world.

The Libraries are exploring additional ways to manage decisions about print and electronic collections to serve you better. We expect to build on this initial effort, and we welcome your suggestions for improvements and closer cooperation.

As part of this continuing effort, the Marquette Libraries, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Golda Meir Library, and the Medical College of Wisconsin's Library have implemented a unique cooperative loan program that makes temporary transfers of archival and manuscript resources possible among the three institutions. For further information on this CAP initiative (Improved Research Access-Archives Style), see Inter-Archives Loans.