Expanded Online Services and Access to Resources Available While Buildings Are Closed

This page summarizes UWM Libraries COVID-19 news and outlines the many online services and resources available to students, faculty and staff via our website (posted 3/27/2020; updated 4/3/2020).

In response to the public health emergency in southeastern Wisconsin, the UWM Libraries three physical locations – UWM Golda Meir Library, UWM at Washington County Library, and UWM at Waukesha Library – are closed until further notice.

Director’s Message

Please read the message from Director Michael Doylen regarding the UWM Libraries response to COVID-19.

Reference, Consultation, and Instruction Support

Librarians and staff at all campuses are available for reference, research consultation, and instruction support. You may get help via email as well as 24/7 chat through our Ask a Librarian page.

We are available to help with library-related instructionThis guide is a quick reference for finding and sharing library content and open educational resources in your Canvas site.

Students, faculty, and staff from the Waukesha and Washington County campuses are encouraged to contact their librarians directly via email (Waukesha: wak-library@uwm.edu and Washington County: wsh-library@uwm.edu) for reference, research consultation, and instruction support.

Online Resources

The UWM Libraries offer a robust collection of online resources including streaming video, e-books, databases and e-journals.

Many publishers are temporarily providing free access to their content, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, The UWM Libraries maintain a list of these resources on its website.

Students may want to check out these textbook resources — Open Textbook Library and OpenStax — as well as other Open Education Resources.

Circulation of Physical Books

In compliance with social distancing directions, we are responding to requests for physical books through on-demand digitization and electronic delivery. After locating your item in Search@UW, select “Local Request.” Enter specific chapter or page numbers in the Comment field of the request form. If you are unsure which chapters or pages to request, leave the Comment field blank and we will provide you with the work’s table of contents. Thank you for your patience as we respond to requests.

Checked Out Materials

Don’t worry about returning any checked out materials at this time. We have extended due dates for checked out materials through May 31.

Contact Circulation via email (libcirc@uwm.edu) for the fastest response.

Please do not return equipment (laptops, cameras, headphones, etc.) via the book returns. Items returned via the book return may remain on your account for some period of time, but fines will not be assessed.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

ILL borrowing from other libraries may take longer than normal or may be impossible altogether. Delivery of PDFs of articles from journals and book chapters continues as usual. In lieu of requesting entire books, we advise that users locate a table of contents (most are on Amazon or Google Books) and submit an ILLiad request for the desired chapter.

We are working with our library colleagues around the world to extend the loan periods of books and other materials already borrowed through ILL. Users may retain those items for the time being.