Welcome to the Purchasing Office Website

 Purchasing Office
Engelmann Hall
Room 180

 Mailing Address
Purchasing Office
PO Box 777
Milwaukee, WI 53201

 General Inquiries
 (414) 229-4301

Please note our Fax number has changed effective March 2017.  Our new fax number is 414-229-5551.


The Purchasing Office procures goods and services for the University and provides guidance on procurement practices within the University in accordance with good business practices and State, UW System and Campus laws, rules and guidelines. The Purchasing Office protects University staff from personal risk by signing Procurement contracts in accordance with State statutes and University policy.

Our goals are to support the mission and core values of the University through the efficient and effective acquisition of goods and services; to provide outstanding customer service to our stakeholders with commodity, sourcing, and compliance expertise; and to employ open, transparent, and ethical procurement processes.

Getting Started with Purchasing
  • For office supplies, lab supplies, and many other general needs, setup an Account or login directly to Shop@UW
  • For laptop and desktop computers, visit the Tech Store
  • Check to see if goods/services are on contract
  • For general purchases under $5000 not available through Shop@UW, use your procurement card where appropriate.
  • Complete a Requisition if Shop@UW or the procurement card cannot be used and/or the item(s) are over $5000.
  • Contact a Purchasing Agent with any questions, concerns or feedback!
  • Contracts for Purchasing’s review and signature – including but not limited to hotel or off-campus facility rental and Speaker/Entertainer contracts – should be submitted to purchasing@uwm.edu