Persons not affiliated with UWM may borrow books and other items for an annual fee of $50. Click on this link, UWM Libraries Community Borrowing Program, to apply online for borrowing privileges. Complete the required information and select “Community Borrowing Program” under “Department.” Select the payment option for “Community Borrowing Program.”
You may also pay by check via mail (see Community Borrowing Application for instructions) or in person at the Golda Meir Library. Once signed up, Community Borrowers can borrow and pick up items at all three UWM Libraries’ locations: Golda Meir Library, UWM at Washington County Library, and UWM at Waukesha Library.
Privileges include checking out up to 30 items at a time from our General Collections. If paying by check, patrons will be limited to borrowing three items at a time for approximately 2 weeks (until the check clears).
Complementary 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.
Milwaukee Area School Teachers
Teachers from public or private elementary, middle, high schools and colleges in Milwaukee and other school districts 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. A teacher needs to present a valid ID and a letter from the school administration verifying employment and end of contract date. The ID needs to be presented at the time of the application for the Special Permit, but the letter may be sent at a later time. 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.
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.
UWM Emeritus/Retired Faculty
UWM Faculty/Staff who retire from service at UWM are eligible to continue borrowing materials with the same privileges as currently employed Faculty/Staff members. Emeritus and Retired Faculty/Staff should continue to use their UWM ID as their borrowing card.
Numerous libraries in Southeastern Wisconsin participate in the InfoPass program. When an item is not available from a user’s home library, an InfoPass allows the user to go to a participating library and check out up to three items with the InfoPass. An InfoPass must be issued electronically at a user’s home library, by library staff. The UWM Libraries will not loan out sound or video recordings, periodicals, reference collections items, equipment, and/or other noncirculating items. There is no limit to the number of passes a user may obtain in a year, though InfoPasses may only be issued for up to three items at a time. Users must present a library borrowing card from their home library as well as a photo ID in order to check out material from the UWM Libraries.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.