Impact of the UWM Libraries

Support Student Success

student in learning commonsThe UWM Libraries offer research help and consultations to over 13,000 students a year, as well as course-integrated library instruction to more than 10,000 students annually. The Student Success Librarian assists in the retention of first-year students, and our collaboration with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to provide open textbooks has resulted in significant student savings. The Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons is a modern, comfortable space where students can discover, create, and collaborate with peers.

Promote Research Excellence

Research Excellence

The UWM Libraries serve an exceptional community of scholars and researchers–UWM was recently ranked among the nation’s top 115 research universities–offering access to interdisciplinary resources as well as distinctive collections of cartographic items, rare books, and manuscripts. We provide UWM scholars with numerous opportunities for sharing their work at public programs and through our Digital Commons. We also celebrate that work at a biennial program with the Graduate School. Our Digital Humanities Lab and research data services respond to the most current needs of our faculty.

Engage the Community

UWM History professor Jasmine Alinder gave introductory remarks at the opening of the photo exhibit, "Freedom Riders" in the Golda Meir Library.Community members attend a wide range of lectures offered by the UWM Libraries, and area students at all levels receive instruction and access to collections. At the same time, library staff members are present in the community, giving presentations and workshops, sitting on civic and educational committees, and curating unique materials from our distinctive collections. The Friends of the Golda Meir Library serve as a critical link between the Libraries and the wider community.