The Circulation Desk is located on the first floor in the West Wing of the Golda Meir Library near the entrance.

Checkout & Return

Most items from circulating collections may be checked out at the Circulation Desk or at the Media & Reserve Desk on the Lower Level. Reserve items, equipment, and CDs may only be checked out at the Media & Reserve Desk.

Requested items are held on the Hold Shelf at the Circulation Desk.

Items can be returned to the book drops at either desk or one of the two exterior book drops. There is an exterior book drop by the bus shelter on Hartford Ave and another on the side of the building near the West Wing Entrance. Please do not return equipment or media items to the outside drops.

Paying Fines & Fees

Library fines can be paid online or through the mail. If you need to know the balance owed, view My Account.

Fees may be paid online using CASHNet. Select “Fine” and “View Details” to enter your payment information. The system accepts all major credit cards.

Fees may be paid by mail by mailing a check or money order to:

UWM Libraries
Main Circulation Desk – library fines
P.O. Box 604
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Returned checks are subject to a $20 Bounced Check Fee.

Non-UWM Borrowers

Community Borrowers

Persons not affiliated with UWM may borrow books and other items for an annual fee of $50.

You can sign up online with any major credit card; via a check paid by mail (see Community Borrowing Application for instructions); or in person at the Golda Meir Library.

Community Borrowers can borrow and pick up items from both UWM Libraries’ locations: Golda Meir Library and UWM at Waukesha Library.

Privileges include checking out up to 30 items at a time from our General Collections. (If paying fee for Community Borrowing Program by check, patrons will be limited to borrowing three items at a time for approximately 2 weeks, until the check clears.)

Please note that, due to licensing terms, remote access to most online library collections (such as databases and e-journals) is not included with this service. A number of free online resources are available at

Borrowing from other libraries via interlibrary loan is also not offered.

Complimentary library borrowing privileges are granted to UWM alumni for a period of one year following graduation. To receive a Borrowing Card, recent graduates should present proof of graduation and their UWM ID to Circulation staff at the Golda Meir Library’s Main Circulation Desk.

Family Members of UWM Faculty/Staff

Immediate family members of any faculty/staff member employed at UWM are entitled to a Library Special Permit card. This card allows the individual to check out up to 30 items at a time from our general collections. Immediate family members include spouses, domestic partners and children over the age of 18. Interested family members can apply for permit cards at the Main Circulation Desk and should be accompanied by the faculty/staff member when applying for the Library Special Permit card.

The permit will be active as long as the UWM Faculty/Staff member is an active employee.

Area School’s Employees

Educators, including support staff, from public or private elementary, middle, and high schools in Milwaukee, Washington, or Waukesha counties are eligible for a Library Special Permit card. This card allows borrowing privileges of up to 30 items at a time from the UWM Libraries general collection. The employee needs to present a valid ID and a signed contract or letter from their school administration verifying employment and end of contract date. The ID and contract/letter need to be presented at the time of the application for the Special Permit. The card expires at the end of the teacher’s contract but may be renewed with a new letter from the school.

Cooperative Access Program (CAP)

Faculty and staff at Marquette University and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) are eligible for a free Special Borrower’s Permit. Faculty/Staff borrowing privileges are granted once cards are issued. More information about the program can be found on the CAP web page.

Osher Lifelong Learning

Members enrolled in the School of Continuing Education’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute are eligible for a Library Special Permit card from the UWM Libraries. Members should bring their Osher Membership card to the Main Circulation Desk when they apply for a Library Special Permit. The card expires when Osher membership expires but may be updated if the patron continues in the program. This card allows borrowing privileges of up to 30 items at a time from the UWM Libraries general collection.

Visiting Scholars

Any visiting scholars with a sponsoring department at UW-Milwaukee should request that their department follow the Sponsored ePantherACCOUNT Request procedure.

After this request has been processed, the visitor should bring documentation verifying their appointment to the ID office in the Union, Room 143, to get a UWM ID card made. Once issued, the ID card can be used to borrow materials at the UWM Libraries with the same privileges as Faculty/Staff.

E-mail Notification

All non-UWM borrowers must have an email address in order to receive borrowing privileges at the UWM Libraries. If your email address changes, please contact the Main Circulation Desk of the UWM Libraries at or (414) 229-4132. Failure to receive an overdue or service charge email because your email address has changed is not cause for forgiving a lost item fine.

Circulation Policies

Loan periods vary based on the type of item checked out and affiliation with UWM. Undergraduates and Community Borrowers can check out most items for 4 weeks with two renewals. Graduate students, Faculty, and Staff can check out most items for the full semester with renewals available. Items may be Recalled by other patrons and shorten the loan period.

The Circulation Policies page has the full list of services and policies for items circulated from the general collection.

User Responsibilities

Checking UWM E-mail
It is the responsibility of the library user to check their UWM e-mail regularly for notices and other communication from the UWM Libraries. Overdue notices are sent out to UWM e-mail addresses as a courtesy and can only be effective if the library user checks their e-mail regularly. Recall notices are sent out the day following the placement of a recall on a book and again can only be effective if the Library user checks their e-mail regularly. Failure to receive library notices does not constitute grounds for waiving library fines/fees.

Campus Absence
Library users who will be out of the local area for a period of time longer than one week and who wish to avoid overdue charges should return all materials to the UWM Libraries, make arrangements for someone to return any item recalled during the absence or provide the Libraries with a temporary out-of-town address to mail a recall notice to. Any circulating book may be recalled by another library user at any time.

Lost ID Cards
It is the library user’s responsibility to notify the Main Circulation Desk of the UWM Libraries of a lost or stolen ID card. The lost or stolen ID card will then be blocked by the Libraries to prevent another person from checking out materials on that card. The library user will be responsible for any materials checked out on a lost/stolen card that has not been reported to the Libraries.

Reporting a Theft in the Libraries
Any user of the UWM Libraries who is a victim of theft should immediately report the theft to the Main Circulation Desk. The library staff will contact Library Security and the Campus police to investigate the incident.

Borrowing Materials for Others
Library users should not borrow materials for other users or lend their library card to another user to check out materials. Each person is ultimately responsible for all overdue fines, recall fines and non-returned materials checked out on his/her library card.

Care for Library Materials
It is each user’s responsibility to properly care for all library materials checked out to him/her. If noticeable damage is found in a book prior to checking the book out, please bring this problem to the attention of a member of the Circulation Staff to ensure that you are not charged for damage to the book. A note will be placed in the book’s item record and when the book is returned to the library, it will be sent to the Preservation Department for repair. If a book with damage is not reported to the Circulation staff prior to checking the book out, the user that last used the book may receive repair charges. Charges for repair to library books is left to the discretion of the Preservation Department.

Returning Library Materials
There are two book drops located at the Main Circulation Desk, as well as two outside book drops. One outside book drop is located near the entrance to the west wing of the library and the other resides near the bus shelter on Hartford Avenue. The two outside book drops are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Materials checked out from Media and Reserve Services should be returned to the Media & Reserve desk on the Lower Level.

No checked-out library materials should be returned to the in-house use bins located within the library. These are only for books used within the library. It will be the library user’s responsibility to pay any overdue charges for materials returned to these bins.

Copying and Scanning

Wēpa is the printing service provider for UWM. Up to date prices, locations, and instructions are available here. The Wēpa station on Lower Level, near the Equipment & Reserve service desk, has a small (8 1/2 x 11) scanner attached to scan to the print at the Wepa station. There are several small scanners in the Learning Commons attached to log-in computers.

Paging Items

We will be happy to retrieve items from the stacks for you. Items will be pulled by our staff and available for you within 1-2 business days. You will be notified by email once items are ready for pickup. Once you find your items within Search@UW select the “Request” option to begin the process.

Privacy Statement

The UWM Libraries respect the privacy of library users. Our Privacy Information page provides more detail about the regulations and policies that govern personally identifiable information as it relates to library use.