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Frequently Asked Questions: Library Information

Answers to common questions about the library and doing research.

Where is the library?

The Golda Meir Library is on the UW-Milwaukee campus. The library is located at:

2311 East Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

You can obtain customized driving directions via Google Maps. A campus map highlighting the library is also available.

See the Contact Information page for a listing of library phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

The UWM Libraries consist of several libraries and departments. All UWM Libraries, departments and collections are housed within the Golda Meir Library building. See the Building Information and Floorplans page for more information on the library building.

When is the library open?

Library hours change for each part of the academic year, e.g. fall semester, UWinteriM. See the Library Hours page or call (414) 229-5868 for a recording.

The library is open for studying and checking out books during the main entrance hours. Special areas of the library have different hours.

Who may use the library?

The library building, its material collections, and selected research computers (which provide access to our online collections) are open to the general public. During overnight hours, a current UWM ID (PantherCard) is required for entrance. See the hours page for more information.

A current UWM account (ePanther ID) is required to use most of the computers, and to check out materials. Osher Lifelong Learning members, Milwaukee area school teachers, University of Wisconsin-affiliated individuals, and MPS High School Honors Students may also check out books.

Only current UWM students, staff, and faculty (including emeriti) can access our electronic subscription resources off-campus (more information).

Community members (who are patrons of a Milwaukee area library) may check out materials by obtaining an InfoPass at their library. Anyone may also join the community borrowing program, which includes circulation privileges with membership. Additionally, materials may be requested via your local library's interlibrary loan service.

Refer to the following chart for additional information:

Can I take a tour of the library?

Yes, building tours are offered. See the Library Tours and Workshops page.

More information about the Golda Meir Library building is available on our About the Libraries page.


Where can I do research in the library? Where do I check out books?

There are two entrances to the library [See Building Information and Floorplans]. The west wing entrance provides access to the Circulation Desk (where you check out books) and the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons, as well as the rest of the library. The East Wing entrance leads to a study area and one of the Instruction Rooms.

What are the diversity and accessibility resources at the library?

Gender inclusive restrooms are located on the 3rd Floor in the West Wing of the Golda Meir Library. See UWM Gender Inclusive Restrooms for more information.

For access to the Adaptive Technology Room (W110N) and Distraction Free Room (WB48), please see the main circulation desk in the Learning Commons.

All of the computers in the 1st floor, West Wing have the Read & Write Gold software and all the Dell computers have the JAWS screen reading software. Full list of software on computers.

Small carts and baskets for the easy conveyance of library materials are available inside the entrances of the second and third floor reading rooms in the west wing.

Please refer to the Library Accessibility page for accessibility information.

For additional library and campus resources, visit the Multicultural Services Guide.