Learning Commons Policies

UWM Libraries Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons Access Policy

Our Mission
The Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons provides the UWM community with much-needed space and resources to support research, study, collaborative work, and social interaction. It is important that the UWM Libraries and the Learning Commons provide a welcoming and safe environment for the UWM community while continuing the Libraries’ tradition of being an important resource for non-UWM users.

Day Access
Access to the Learning Commons is unrestricted for weekday hours from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Night Access 24/5
Beginning at 7:00 PM on Sunday -Thursday, access is allowed to the west wing with a photo ID, whether UWM or other form of photo identification.

  • UWM Users should swipe their campus IDs to enter the Learning Commons
  • UWM Users without their campus IDs will need to show a photo identification card and will be issued a day pass which allows access to the Learning Commons. Library staff will need to verify your current UWM affiliation if you don’t have a UWM ID. Please bring your ID with you to campus at all times, this helps our staff and saves time for everyone.
  • Non-UWM users will need to show a photo identification card and will be issued a day pass which allows access to the libraries and Learning Commons until 11:00 PM. (This group includes Friends of the Library, community users, educators from local schools, etc.)

Beginning at 11:00 PM on Sunday – Thursday, all areas of the Libraries close, with the exception of the Learning Commons. Only UWM students, faculty, and staff with valid UWM ID will be allowed to enter or remain in the building.

On Fridays and Saturdays, the Library closes at 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM, respectively, with no restrictions on access.

ID Enforcement 24/5
As library staff clear the building to prepare for closing at 11:00 PM Sunday-Thursday, they notify those remaining in the Learning Commons that they should be prepared to show a UWM ID if they are asked. IDs are systematically checked each night, but will be checked anytime a user’s behavior becomes disruptive or if they are known to the library staff to be a non-UWM user. Anyone unable to produce a valid UWM ID will be required to leave the building.

Food Policy

Leave No Trace

  • Enjoy your food and beverages, but do so responsibly so our spaces are clean and pest-free.
  • Place your food packaging and waste in the proper receptacles and please put bottles and cans in recycling receptacles.
  • Food delivery inside the building is not permitted. Delivery personnel will not be permitted to enter the building.
  • Large amounts of food will not be allowed (no pizza boxes). Food should be for your personal consumption only.
  • Food or beverages are not permitted in the Archives, Special Collections, and designated areas of the American Geographical Society Library.
  • Beverages only are permitted in the QUIET STUDY areas of the UWM Libraries (2nd Floor East Wing and Lower Level East Wing).

Group Study Room Policy

The Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons offers many group study options to facilitate group learning; four of these spaces can be reserved.

  • Group study rooms are available for 2 or more people, rather than individual study.
  • Groups may not reserve rooms for more than 2 consecutive weeks at the same time.
  • A group may stay in the room, provided another group has not reserved the room.
  • A group that is more than 15 minutes late forfeits the reservation.
  • Please keep the noise down so as not to disturb others.
  • Clean up the room before you leave so that it is ready for the next group (i.e., erase whiteboards).
  • Study rooms are only available during hours the library is open.
  • ePanther ID and current UWM student, faculty, or staff status is required.

Group Study Space Policy – South Commons

Due to high demand from students for group study space, the alcoves in the South Learning Commons are now designated for 2 or more people. This will allow the resources in these spaces to be utilized by the most number of students. If you are studying solo, please use a smaller table in the Learning Commons or consider studying in these other spaces in the UWM Libraries:

  • Large tables in the hallways between wings
  • In the stacks
  • Quiet Study Spaces are available on 2nd floor east wing and lower level east wing

Laptop Power Cables Policy

  • Do not allow power cables to obstruct walkways.
  • Move your chair or table close to the outlet.

LCD Monitors Policy

LCD Monitors are for educational group work purposes. Do not attach gaming devices (PSP, Wii, etc.) to any LCD monitor in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons. If you are observed playing games on these monitors, you will be asked to detach your equipment and leave the area.

Noise Policy

The Learning Commons is a collaborative research and study environment. Please be respectful of others.

  • Conversation should not disturb other Learning Commons patrons.
  • Headphones and laptop audio should be kept low.
  • Cell phones conversations should take place in the foyers or library café area.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure an atmosphere conducive to shared studying and research.

Noise Policy 11:00 PM – 7:00 AM

To support all studying styles in the Learning Commons post-11PM

Study Zones
Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons




policies_clip_image007SOUTH LEARNING COMMONS

In order to optimize student learning and maximize student engagement in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons, “Study Zones” will be in enforced after 11 PM Sunday – Thursday.


  • Chose your own noise level
  • Meet with your study group in the South Learning Commons


  • Follow the Zones
  • Please be considerate of other students in the space (Don’t make library staff shush you!)


Parking Policy from 12:00 AM – 6:00 AM

lcparkingUnion Parking Garage (accessible from Kenwood Boulevard) – is available FOR STUDENTS in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons ONLY! Register your vehicle to get a daily permit from the Welcome Desk in the Learning Commons.  (Permits are issued only between 12:00 AM – 6:00 AM)

Overnight Parking Policy for the Union Garage

  • Permit holder must be in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons.
  • Permit valid for 1 overnight only.
  • Altering of your permit will result in a parking citation.
  • Vehicles parked illegally are subject to tow-away at the owner’s expense.
  • Permit valid for the hours between 12:00 AM (midnight) – 6:00 AM in the Union Parking Garage.
  • Permit holder will be responsible for parking fees incurred outside of the 12:00 AM – 6:00 AM time.
  • UWM is not responsible for any damage, theft, or vandalism to vehicles parked overnight. (Park at your own risk.)
  • Permit must be displayed to be considered valid.

Additional parking is available in the Sandburg Hall Parking Garage.
Visitor parking is available in the metered spaces in the Sandburg Hall Parking Garage, 24 hours a day.

TV Policy

From 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM, the TV monitor is to remain on CNN with closed captioning, unless there is a Learning Commons event utilizing the TV. Please, do not plug your computer into the monitor or change the channel.

Comments & Questions

Learning Commons Coordinator
Molly Susan Mathias

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