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About the Center for Cooperatives



The University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives seeks to increase understanding and encourage critical thinking about cooperatives by fostering scholarship and mutual learning among academics, the cooperative community, policy makers and the public.



Established in 1962, the staff at the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives pursues a research, educational, and outreach agenda that examines cooperative issues across multiple business and social sectors. The agenda encompasses all aspects of the cooperative business model, including development, finance, structure, and governance.


The Center benefits from an active Advisory Committee composed of cooperative business leaders, legal and accounting experts, public policy officials, and university scholars. Their insights into issues affecting cooperatives bring a timely, relevant perspective to the Center's programs.

The Center's interdisciplinary programs build on the resources of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin Extension, and are implemented through partnerships with UW faculty, staff, and extension agents, federal and state agencies, state cooperative councils, cooperative business groups, and others.


Torgerson Cooperative Library

The Torgerson Cooperative Library, part of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives, was made possible through a generous gift from the Torgerson family. It is one of the largest cooperative collections in the world, with over 7,000 books, extensive subject files, a large archive collection and many journals.

For additional information about the library, contact the Center for Cooperatives: