Contact Us 920-748-8175


About Lane Library


Spring Semester Hours

      • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.- Midnight.
      • Friday: 7:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
      • Saturday: 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
      • Sunday: Noon- Midnight.


Library Staff

 Andrew Prellwitz

Andrew Prellwitz

User Services Librarian and Lane Library Chair Lane Library 317 (920) 748-8752 Departments: Archives, Instruction

Librarian for Anthropology, Communication, Economics, English, Exercise Science, German, History, Leadership Studies, and Museum Studies.

Kate Moody

Kate Moody Access Services Librarian Lane Library (920) 748-8750 Departments: Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Course Reserves

Librarian for Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Philosophy, Physics, Sociology, Spanish, Studio Art, and Women’s & Gender Studies.

Amy Rachuba

AmyRachuba2 Assistant Librarian-Resource Services Lane Library (920) 748-8747 Departments: Electronic Resources, Government Documents, Serials

Librarian for Classic Studies, Education, Environmental Studies, French, Global Studies, Journalism, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Theatre.

Amy Stephens

AmyStephens2 Acquisitions and Business Manager Lane Library 313 (920) 748-8330 Departments: Acquisitions

Carl Ziebell

Carl Ziebell Technical Services Librarian Lane Library 311 (920) 748-8746 Departments: Cataloging, Systems

Librarian for Business Management, Computer Science, Mathematics, Military Science, Music, Politics and Government, Psychology, and Religion.


Library Policies


Patron confidentiality is very important to us. We do not release the circulation history of any patron to anyone else, for any reason. We must, however, tell the business office the titles of fined, overdue materials when charging student accounts. Patrons may only take out items on their own account unless they have written, spoken, or standing consent of another patron (for example, a professor who often sends students over to pick up books).


Ripon community members are welcome to use resources at Lane Library during the hours the library is open.  To check out items, community members must be members of Friends of Lane Library.  Due to restrictions from database vendors, we cannot offer use of databases other than our library catalog to community members. However, as a Federal and State depository library, Ripon College provides free public access to Federal and State depository material, both in print and on the computer. Patrons requiring access to government depository resources should inquire at the circulation desk.


When computers are in high demand we ask that they only be used for academic work; anyone using a computer for non-academic work may be asked to allow another patron to use the computer. “Academic work” includes research using the Federal and State depository resources.


The library is for all members of the Ripon College community. We ask that you act in a manner respectful of your fellow community members at all times when in the library. Anyone who does not may be asked to leave.

Floors 1A, 1, 2A, 2, and the silent study room are designated quiet study areas. Please respect others’ need for a quiet environment by confining conversation to the main floor (3A) or the conference room (4), which offer many areas for groups to work together.


Cell phone conversations are allowed in the library in the following locations: the front lobby, the stairwells, or the conference room.


Food and covered drinks are permitted in the library as long as care is taken to keep library materials and furniture clean. Please respect your fellow students and don’t bring in food that has a strong smell (pizza, for example).


There is a bulletin board in the main entrance for advertisements. Any advertisements posted outside of this area without consent of a librarian will be taken down.


During the school year, the computer lab is open all times the library is open. When it is reserved for a class, the individual instructor may or may not allow students who are not in the class to use a computer. You can find the schedule below:

Acquisitions Policy

Acquisitions Policy


The acquisitions policy of Ripon College Library is intended to be consistent with the philosophy and objectives of the College, resulting in a solid collection of significant works. The purpose of the policy is to assure the planned and systematic provision of materials for the College to support its curriculum, as well as research and planning related to the curriculum.

Responsibility for Selection

Responsibility for the selection of library materials lies with both the librarians and the faculty. The librarians are in a position to observe the quality and balance of all subject areas, and they oversee the selection and purchase of materials in all subject areas. The departmental faculty will bear primary responsibility for recommending the acquisition of materials in their subject fields. Departments are expected to recommend library purchases which will develop the entire field of their disciplines. Faculty are encouraged to take a strong interest in developing the collection in their various disciplines by using rigorous discrimination in their selection of materials to be added to the library holdings. Students, staff and administrative officers may also submit recommendations for purchase to the library staff.

Intellectual Freedom

“The Library Bill of Rights” published by the American Library Association applies to the acquisition of library materials at Ripon College Library. The sole test of a controversial item will be its contribution to the academic program of the College, and the needs of the students and the faculty members.

Priority of Selection of Materials

Library materials are selected and acquired to support the liberal arts curriculum of the College and to encourage the intellectual growth of the students. Materials should be comprehensible to undergraduate students. To help achieve the highest possible quality within the constraint of available resources, the following priority is observed in the selection of materials.

1. General works which fulfill the aims of Ripon’s undergraduate liberal education.
2. Reference works.
3. Works in fields not currently taught at the College, but which are of such importance that they belong in a quality liberal arts library.
4. Materials to support the research programs of the College or faculty members.

Library Room Schedule

North Reading Room

Picture of North Reading Room

Capacity: 60

South Reading Room

Picture of South Reading Room

Capacity: 30

Conference Room (Room 409)

Picture of Conference Room

Capacity: 6

Waitkus Lab

Picture of the Waitkus Lab

      • 20 workstations
      • Meeting area for 15
      • Instructor’s station with projector and Elmo


Check the calendar to see when rooms are available, and contact to make a reservation. Library-Calendar-Legend

For Circulation policies and Interlibrary loan policies please visit our Services Page.


Student Employment

Students interested in working at the library should drop an application (pdf) off at the front desk or email the completed form to Kate Moody:


Archives Assistant

Supervisor: Andrew Prellwitz

Tasks include processing, cataloging, and filing archival material, general maintenance of the college’s archival collection, and creating exhibits for the museum and library.

Cataloging Assistant

Supervisor: Carl Ziebell

The person(s) in this position will be responsible for finding, editing, and downloading computer records for new books and materials in the Lane Library. Possibility of advanced work as priorities permit and the student shows potential.

Circulation Assistant

Supervisor: Kate Moody

Assistants are responsible for customer service to library patrons during all open hours. The main tasks include checking out and in of library items, maintaining proper placement of all library items within the building, and helping patrons locate desired media. Other duties as assigned.

Display Assistant

Supervisor: Kate Moody

Prepare and install displays in library cases at a rate of one to two displays per week.

Government Documents Assistant

Supervisor: Amy Rachuba

Process, catalog, and shelve government documents; may also assist with collection development for electronic government publications.

Interlibrary Loan Assistant

Supervisor: Kate Moody

Maintain incoming and outgoing interlibrary loan requests and ensure databases reflect circulation of these items. Locate books and articles via the worldwide web to fill patron requests. This position fills at least one hour per day each weekday.

Materials Processing Assistant

Supervisor: Carl Ziebell

The person in this position will be responsible for preparing new materials to go out on the shelves. This includes stamping, security tagging, and securing spine labels to new collection materials. The position also involves shelving books, and other duties as assigned.

Serials Assistant

Supervisor: Amy Rachuba

Process and shelve the library’s journals, magazines, and newspapers. This position fills at least one hour each weekday morning.


Lane Library Floor Maps

Floor 1A
Floor 1A
Floor 2A
Floor 2A
Floor 3
Floor 3
Floor 4
Floor 4

Floor 4

      • Archives
      • Conference room
      • Silent study room

Floor 3

      • Circulation desk
      • Computers and printers
      • Copier room
      • Current periodicals
      • Faculty Collection
      • New books
      • Quartos
      • Reference
      • Student and Alumni Collection
      • Stacks, A-CS
      • Theatre collection
      • Videos/DVDs
      • Western Americana Collection
      • Wisconsin’s Own Library

Floor 2

      • Bound journals, A-J
      • Government Documents

Floor 2A

      • Bathrooms
      • Quiet study space
      • Stacks, CT-NE

Floor 1

      • Bound journals, J-Z
      • Waitkus Computer Lab (access through main entrance staircase)

Floor 1A

      • Microfilm
      • Quiet study space
      • Stacks, NK-Z