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

August 31, 2020

The UWM Libraries are open on all three campuses for the Fall 2020 semester,   though access will be limited at the Golda Meir Library on the main campus.

Golda Meir Library is reopening in phases, starting with most public spaces in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons on the first floor, west wing. All other areas of the building, including group study rooms and library classrooms, will remain closed. We are developing plans to reopen reading rooms and other areas in the future.

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

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

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

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols are in place. To give priority to university users, access will be limited to members of the UWM community. During this first phase of reopening, the libraries may set occupancy limits.

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.

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

See also: UWM Libraries Reopening Status