Library Services

CFL Library materials located in the Hasler Lab may not leave the Hasler Lab.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CFL Library physical space is currently un-staffed.  To check out items from the library, please take a picture of the item’s library barcode and using your wisc mail, email the picture to:


Library Services at the CFL are provided at both facilities (Hasler Lab in Madison and Trout Lake Station in Boulder Junction).  The librarian may be contacted via email at  Library website at

Hasler Laboratory Library

The CFL library physical space is not currently open. If you need to access the CFL library space, please contact and we will help facilitate this process.

*While materials may not leave the Hasler Lab building, they should be checked out (to yourself) using the ALMA circulation procedures on the desk next to the librarian’s desk.

Trout Lake Station Library

The library is open during station hours (8:00-5:00). The Trout Lake Library does not have any on-site library staff. Email for assistance.

Materials may not leave the station but may be taken to the cabins if you are staying on station.  Materials should be signed out on the yellow pad in the library and returned to the shelves when finished.

General Information About the Collection


  • Mostly covering limnology, freshwater ecology, aquatic zoology, etc, plus titles on statistics, GIS, and modeling. Search for these in the UW-Madison Catalog at
  • Please note that that this time these are these are the only resources within the library that can be searched via the UW Catalog

Print Journals

  • Bound back issues of about 50 titles, including extensive runs of the Journal of Great Lakes Research, SIL Proceedings, and Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, are shelved by title. Current issues of popular titles are on display in the first floor break room at the Hasler Lab and on the shelf of the Trout Lake library. Please note, our journals are NOT currently listed in the UW library catalog.
  • The library’s current journals are donations, and availability is based on when those items are donated.
  • Currently, the library receives the following titles for the Hasler collection: Copiea, Ecology & Evolution, Fisheries, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, LakeLine, Letters & Science Magazine, Nature, Science, Transactions of the American Fisheries Society, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Wisconsin Natural Resources.


  • Master’s and Ph.D. theses from most UW limnology graduates since about 1970, plus a few from visiting scholars and other CFL friends, are shelved by last name.
  • Copies of thesis that pertain to research conducted at or out of Trout Lake are also housed at Trout Lake.
  • Please note that the thesis housed at Hasler Lab are listed in the UW catalog, but theses housed at TLS are not.

Government (and other) Documents 

  • Many documents of all sorts, including pubs from the Canadian Fisheries and Marines Service, Great Lakes Fishery Commisson, NOAA, and WI DNR.
  • These items are currently organized by geographic region, followed by organization (ex: United States. Wisconsin. Department of Natural Resources)
  • Currently, these items are not searchable in the UW Catalog, however, where appropriate, some of these items are currently being moved into the book collection which will allow the item to be searchable in the UW Catalog.
  • Please see a librarian for assistance in navigating this vast sea of documents.

Article Reprints

  • The library currently collects articles authored by CFL staff and affiliates, and we also curate a huge number of articles collected by CFL faculty members over the course of their careers
  • Print versions are stored in the massive file cabinets along the west wall and a PDFs (of mainly newer articles) are available in our digital collection.
  • PDFs are accessible on Zotero’s “CFL” Group Libarry, located here:


  • Small collection comprised of an assortment of Wisconsin road maps, county maps, topographical maps, and lake maps, as well as a variety of water atlases.  These items are housed behind the librarian desk.


If you’re teaching a course, please plan in advance to have textbooks and other materials placed on reserve in the limnology library. Email the title/author and course number to

If you’d like to your students to have off-site access to the digital reprint library, please contact us to set it up.

Collection of Publications Related to the CFL

CFL affiliated researchers are encouraged to send copies of your recent publications to the library for addition to our reprint collection.  Contact the CFL Librarian for details.

For comments or suggestions regarding this topic, contact the Library Committee Chair. For edits to this webpage, contact Kelly O’Ferrell.