Libraries Open Doors In Thanks For Parents’ Support

Libraries Open Doors in Thanks for Parents’ Support

As a token of sincere gratitude to parents and alumni who have supported the UWM Libraries, the doors of the Golda Meir Library building will be open to all on Saturday, Oct. 10 during UWM Family Weekend.

View of the library north facade from across Hartford Avenue.

View of the library north facade from across Hartford Avenue

The Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons will open early, at 10 a.m., for self-guided tours.

The internationally-renowned American Geographical Society Library, Special Collections, Archives and the Music Library will welcome visitors from noon to 3 p.m. The heads of each department will be on hand to show off highlights and answer your questions.

Tours of the AGS Library will be offered at 1 and 2 p.m.

The Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons, completed in 2009, transformed the first floor west wing of the UWM Golda Meir Library into a beautiful, modern, and technology-rich space, with comfortable seating, a variety of group study areas, and a café, making the Library truly the intellectual crossroads of the campus.

Parents were among the supporters of this tremendously successful project.

And parents, via the UWM Libraries’ telefund activities, have donated funds used to acquire library materials—mostly digital resources—and support access to the Libraries’ unique artifacts online, such as the award-winning Milwaukee Polonia and March on Milwaukee collections.

Many parents support at the $365 level—a dollar a day for the most important resource contributing to their students’ success at UWM.

What you will find at the Open House:

Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons

This ­­­­­­32,500 square foot renovation was designed by the local award-winning architecture firm of Kubala Washatko, and has served as a model to numerous other academic libraries in the region.

American Geographical Society Library

The second largest map and atlas library in the nation (only the Library of Congress has more), AGSL holds over 500,000 maps and 500,000 photographs. Materials range from an extremely rare 1452 Venetian manuscript map of the world (minus the western hemisphere, of course), to an extraordinary collection of 19th century photographs of the American West and the polar regions.

Special Collections

Special Collections holds many rare, significant, and unusual printed materials. A sampling of just a few include a Shakespeare Second Folio (1632), the extremely rare second printing of Moby Dick (1855; only 70 exist), a printing of James Joyce’s Ulysses with original prints by Henri Matisse signed by both author and artist. The collection is also famous for its over 2,000 delightful and ingenious handmade artists books … and so much more!


Visit the UWM Archives for an open house featuring the history of UWM and the Milwaukee region. Peruse yearbooks, student newspapers, and photographs for a glimpse into student life from decades past.  Explore unique collections that tell the story of Milwaukee from the 1800s to the present.

Music Library

The largest collection of music materials in Southeastern Wisconsin includes all types of music from classical to world, jazz to hip hop. The diverse formats, from printed scores & books to streaming audio and video, allow students from all over campus to incorporate music into their class assignments as well as just listening/watching for fun.