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Online and Distance Education Services: Getting Started

Information about obtaining materials for online, distance and FLEX option students and faculty.

Welcome to UWM Online Library Services

It's easy as 1, 2, 3. 1 UWM Campus ID, 2 PantherCard, 3 Use the Library.Online students and faculty have access to the same resources and support from UWM Libraries that are available to students and teachers in a traditional campus setting.

All you need is your Campus ID, PantherCard, and Library Account.

UWM Campus ID


Use the Campus ID Finder to have your 11 digit UWM Campus ID number sent to your email account.

You are going to need it to access library resources!



If you are a student enrolled only in online courses, you can still obtain a PantherCard as a way of verifying your affiliation with UW-Milwaukee. See the Student Business section on PantherCards for Online & Distance Students.

Use the Library


Set up your library account

As an online student, you will need to set up a library account also known as an ILLiad account. ILLiad lets you have all of the articles you request delivered electronically. It also allows you to have requested books mailed to your home (if you take all of your classes online).

You can request items, track their status, view your request history, and renew books loaned to you from other libraries.

How to sign up

Contact the Interlibrary Loan office at 414-229-4493 or email or

You should include:

  • Your name
  • Your UWM ID number
  • Your major/program.

Don't forget!

Be sure your home address is up to date in PAWS. This is the address used to mail materials.

If you would like items to be mailed to a different address (i.e. work address), please notify Beth Kucera in the Interlibrary Loan Office.

Now make your requests

To request items, go to ILLiad and login with your 11-digit campus ID number and last name. ALL REQUESTS need to be submitted in ILLiad, including items owned by UWM and other UW libraries.

What Services can I access?

Any online student or faculty member can:

  • Have articles sent to them electronically.
  • Talk to a librarian via chat, email, or telephone.
  • Use the library's electronic resources remotely.
  • Borrow books from the nearest University of Wisconsin library.

Students and faculty in fully online programs can:

  • Do all of the things listed above.
  • Have books they need sent to them in the mail.

Distance Education Services

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Beth Kucera
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
2311 East Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211