UWM Libraries Reopening Status


All three UWM Libraries locations – the Golda Meir Library, Waukesha Library, and Washington County Library—are open.

To give priority to university users, access is limited to members of the UWM community. UWM PantherID card holders are required to swipe their cards to gain entrance to the Golda Meir Library. Building hours are posted on our hours page.

Fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear face coverings in the UWM Libraries. All unvaccinated individuals should continue to wear face coverings while in the Libraries.

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols are in place. Some amenities—such as the Grind coffee shop in the Golda Meir Library—remain closed.

See our reopening roadmap for additional information.

Physical Locations

At the Golda Meir Library, as of June 1, 2021, most public areas of the building are open, including the general collections and open study areas. We’ve also reopened carrels, a few group study rooms, the Scriptorium, and Classroom A in the Learning Commons.

All service points–the American Geographical Society Library, Archives, Special Collections, Media & Reserve Services, and the Research Help Desk–have regularly scheduled hours.

Libraries at UWM at Washington County and UWM at Waukesha are fully open.

Borrowing and Returns

Students, faculty and staff may browse the shelves and retrieve their own items. Library staff will continue to retrieve items, as requested.

You may return materials at circulation desks and book-drops, as usual.

Course Reserves and Equipment

Across all three libraries, students’ access to equipment (e.g., laptops, cameras, etc.) and physical items placed on course reserves is available. Returned materials are quarantined for at least one day before recirculating.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

We continue to fulfill ILL and UW System Resource Sharing requests for books and other physical items not currently available in the UWM Libraries. Availability of these services depends on operations at other libraries and delivery services.

Reference, Research, and Instruction Services

Across the UWM Libraries, we continue to provide robust online referenceresearch consultation, and library-related course instruction.