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Library Resources for Teaching Assistants [CETL Orientation]: Welcome

A guide to library resources for new teaching assistants

Welcome to the UWM Libraries !

This UWM Libraries guide <> is intended to alert you to some of the general resources and services available to Teaching Assistants. 

Instructional support is available to supplement your classroom activities, and research support is available for both you and your students. 

By the Numbers . . .

The UWM Libraries includes:

  • More than 5 million cataloged items
  • Unique Digital Collections include more than 100,000 items from collections of the UWM Libraries.
  • 147,654    Electronic Books
  • 166,881    Photographs (cataloged) including 100,000 Digital Photos
  • 1.3 Mil      Cartographic items of all types (not just Maps) covering the world at a wide range of scales
  • 3,000       Digital Map Collection
  • 11,000     Atlases ranging from 15th century editions to the most modern compilations in paper or digital format.
  • 51,800     Audio Recordings (including CDs & LPs)
  • 13,394     Film and Video Recordings
  • 7,910cu ft.Archive Materials

Services, by the Numbers (FY2012)

  • Circulation and Renewal Transactions: 283,529
  • Items Loaned to Other UW Campuses: 10,392
  • Library Instruction Sessions: 763 with 16,353 participants
  • In-person Reference Transactions: 5,487
  • Virtual Reference Transactions: 3,934
  • Gate Count: 1,271,603 visitors

Overdue Notices are sent via UWM E-mail.

Ask a Librarian chat service connects you to help 24/7 without the need to come to campus.


Your GREEN Library

  • The Golda Meir Library Building has a Green Roof with 50,000 square feet of Sedum. 
  • Library Roof Solar Panels produce electricity through an east roof 30-kilowatt system of solar cells.  (Visit Special Collections on Level 4 for a great view of the roof !)

Six Ways to Connect with the UWM Libraries

1)  Meet your library specialist(s).  Every UWM academic department has a designated Library Contact and also a Department Liaison. The Library Contact is a Library staff member who can serve as your first point of contact for library information.  The Departmental Liaison is a faculty or staff member in your department who communicates with the Libraries, often on collection requests.  There may also be a designated research librarian for your discipline.  

2) Determine if there is a detailed library guide for your department and/or course.  Contact the guide's author with questions and suggestions.

3) Schedule a librarian to visit your class, or request a library instruction session held in one of our three labs.

4)  Request a Research Consultation or meeting with the librarian who specializes in your subject area. Get started researching a topic or request a general orientation to the specialized resources for your academic program,

5) When in doubt, start with the Ask a Librarian service for 24/7 assistance.  


Get (Re)Acquainted with the UWM Libraries

The UWM Libraries are all housed within the Golda Meir  Library building, directly north of the Student Union.


The Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons on the first floor of the west wing of the library is open 24 hours a day, Sunday through Thursday (fall and spring semesters). See Library Hours for more information.

New Student guides to the UWM Libraries

Meet Your Librarian

Research Help
Website / Blog Page

New Graduate Student Information (a UWM Libraries brochure)