To find books and other resources such as videos, maps, and music recordings in the UWM Libraries' collections, use Search@UW. You can search for a specific book by title or author. Use the keyword search if you are looking for books on a specific topic.
As you identify titles of interest, examine each book's record for location, call number, and status:
Electronic book information is available on the Electronic Books page.
Usually not; library collections do not in general overlap with what is available in the UWM Bookstore. Our collection development budget could not withstand ordering dozens of copies of books every few years (as new editions are released) for each UWM class.
You may search the library catalog using the instructions above to check if the library has any book title.
UW System Borrowing may also be used to obtain course books, however the Interlibrary Loan Office does not provide textbooks that are required for classes.
Course materials are occasionally placed on reserve by instructors. Use the "Course Reserve" menu in Search@UW to find these items.
You can see which books are required for classes online, via the bookstore's textbooks information. The library also provides links to several online booksellers, which may be used to search for the best price for course books.
The Multicultural Student Center has a number of books that are available to students through its Textbook Loan Program.
It is the responsibility of students to acquire textbooks required for courses. You can discuss your options with your instructor.
In order to locate a book, or any item, in the UWM Libraries, you need to know its call number. What is a call number? Here is an example:
Library materials are shelved in order by call number. For example, all the items with call numbers beginning "BF" will be together. These letters represent a subject area, in this case, Psychology. This system of arranging materials is called the Library of Congress classification system.
Within a broad subject area, books will be in numerical order using the number following the first letter or letters. For example, a book with the call number BF5153 will be shelved far after a book with the call number BF578, since 5153 is much greater than 578. Once you find the location of BF5153, several books may have call numbers beginning "BF5153..." These books will be in order according to the letters and numbers after BF5153. For example all these books will come before our book, BF5153 .V58 1994:
See the page Library of Congress Call Number System for more information.
Double-check the location, call number, and status (see above). Additionally there are sorting rooms on each floor and nearby book trucks holding titles waiting to be re-shelved.
If you still cannot locate the item, please use the steps outlined in Can I place a book on hold? to have us look for the item for you.
Yes, we offer a paging service. Library employees will retrieve items from the stacks and set them on the hold shelf for you.
Please note that this is not a same-day service, nor does placing a hold stop someone else from coming in to the library and checking the item out ahead of you. Once the item is on the hold shelf, however, it is reserved for you.
To make a paging request, log in to Search@UW and use the "Local Request" option from the Get It tab.
You can view the status of your requests from the "My Account" page in Search@UW. Items are held under your name at the Main Circulation Desk.