Building Information and Floorplans

Floor Plans of the Libraries

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See also: Green Roof Project

Building Information

The Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee supports a modern, metropolitan university in its unique urban mission and program emphasis. Located in the heart of the campus in a single, centralized facility, the library maintains extended hours of access to serve UWM students, faculty, and researchers as well as members of the larger metropolitan community; a total of nearly two million visitors annually.

The building (the physical building is called the Golda Meir Library) was constructed in three stages. Stage I was completed in 1967, Stage II was completed in 1974, and Stage III in 1987. Current library space is 379,000 square feet (approximately nine acres), which includes 2,440 student stations and 209 faculty carrels.

The Library is physically divided into five floors, labelled Lower Level and First through Fourth Floors.

The Lower Level is in both the East and West building sections, connected by a tunnel. Located in the Lower Level West Wing is the Media and Reserve Library, the Microforms Area, a large study area, and Compact Shelving West (an area filled with high-density mobile shelving having call numbers A through P). The Lower Level East Wing is home to call numbers S through Z and Compact Shelving East (an area filled with high-density mobile shelving having call numbers Q through Z) and is accessible only from the Lower Level West Wing via the tunnel.

The First Floor has two sections. The First Floor East Wing features a Study Area. The First Floor West Wing contains the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons. Located in the West Wing are a large campus computer lab, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, User Services including Government Information and the Reference Collection.

The Second Floor consists of the East Wing and the West Wing connected by a bridge. In the Second Floor, East Wing are the Curriculum Collection (materials in the Curriculum Collection are cataloged/classified using the Dewey Decimal system), the Music Library (which includes call number M of the main library collection), and the Digital Humanities Lab. Also included are Technical Services, Library Administrative Offices, Personnel, and the Library Business Office. The Second Floor West Wing is home to the Archives, and call numbers N, Q through R.

The Third Floor is in both the East and West building sections, connected by a bridges. The East Wing of the Third Floor is occupied by the American Geographical Society Library. The West Wing houses call numbers A through L, and P.

On the Fourth Floor are found the Special Collections area and the Library Conference Center. Down the main hallway of the Fourth Floor are a series of display cases, filled with continually changing displays.

Tours

Building tours are available to the general public. The current month’s schedule is posted on the Library Tours and Workshops page.

Additionally, a Virtual Tour of the UWM Libraries is available.