UWM Libraries Reopening Status


The UWM Libraries reopened on all three campuses on August 24, 2020, although access is limited at the Golda Meir Library on the main campus.

Across all libraries, public spaces have been redesigned to support individual, quiet study over group work and collaboration. Our focus is on providing:

  • Study space
  • Access to computers and Wi-Fi
  • Library services involving physical materials, like checking out books

Users are expected to follow the UWM policy regarding use of face masks and take personal responsibility for providing a safe and healthy environment for themselves and others. Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols are in place. Some amenities—such as the Grind coffee shop in the Golda Meir Library—remain closed.

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 Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons at the Golda Meir Library. Building hours are posted on our hours page.

See our reopening roadmap for additional information.

Physical Locations

At the Golda Meir Library, most public spaces in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons (first floor, west wing) are open. Group study rooms and library classrooms remain closed. As of October 5, 2020, the Distinctive Collections (American Geographical Society Library, Archives, and Special Collections) are open by appointment. For more information, visit Distinctive Collections Reopening Plans.

Other areas of the building—including service desks beyond the main circulation desk, the general collection, library carrels, meeting rooms, and the Conference Center—remain closed.

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

Borrowing and Returns

At the Golda Meir Library, staff will retrieve items from the general collection, including the Curriculum Collection and the Music Collection. Log into Search@UW to select items for checkout. We will send an email when they are ready. Checkout of all physical items, including course reserves and equipment, occurs at the main circulation desk.

The physical collections at the branch libraries are accessible to library users without staff assistance.

You may return materials at circulation desks and book-drops, as usual. If you are unable to come to campus to return items, you may return them by USPS. Address items to:

Golda Meir Library
2311 E. Hartford Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211

 UWM at Washington County Library
400 University Drive
West Bend, WI 53095

 UWM at Waukesha Library
1500 North University Drive
Waukesha, WI 53118

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 1 day before recirculating. Reserve materials are circulated from the main Circulation Desk. Faculty and instructors can also work with library staff to see if there are any electronic or open access alternatives for course reserve materials.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

We have resumed fulfilling 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.

All interlibrary loan requests are made via ILLiad. Resource Sharing requests are made through Search@UW.

Reference, Research, and Instruction Services

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

While the reading rooms of the American Geographical Society Library, Archives, and Special Collections have reopened (see above “Physical Locations”) by appointment, their staff continue to support teaching, learning, and research remotely as well. Contact them at