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 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 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 library collections (such as databases and e-journals) is not included with this service. 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 Teachers

Teachers from public or private elementary, middle, and high schools in the 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. A teacher 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.