What is the status of the UWM libraries? What services will be available?

January 12, 2021

The UWM Libraries are open on all three campuses, though access is limited at the Golda Meir Library on the main campus.

Building hours, which are subject to change, are posted on the UWM Libraries website. Please note that face coverings are required in compliance with state and city mandates and university policy.

At the Golda Meir Library, most public spaces in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons (first floor, west wing) are open. Group study rooms and library classrooms remain closed. The Distinctive Collections (American Geographical Society Library, Archives, and Special Collections) are open by appointment. For more information, visit the Distinctive Collections Reopening Plans website.

The libraries at the Waukesha and Washington County campuses are open completely.

To give priority to university users, access is limited to members of the UWM community.

Across all libraries, public spaces have redesigned to support individual, quiet study over group work and collaboration. The onsite focus is on providing:

  • Study space
  • Access to computers and Wi-Fi
  • Library services involving physical materials, like checking out books

Users are expected to follow the UWM policy regarding use of face masks and take personal responsibility for providing a safe and healthy environment for themselves and others. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols are in place. Some amenities—such as the Grind coffee shop in the Golda Meir Library—remain closed.

Many services continue to operate primarily or even exclusively online. For example, the Libraries continue to provide robust online referenceresearch consultation and library-related course instruction.

See also: UWM Libraries Reopening Status