About

The Western Michigan University Libraries is dedicated to helping you discover, explore and shape the information universe. As the fourth largest university library system in Michigan, we provide a wide range of resources, programs and services that support the research, creative and academic pursuits of WMU and the global community.

Robust resources

College of digitized items at WMU Libraries.With almost five million items, including books, journals, microforms, government documents, maps, electronic resources, and many other materials, University Libraries has the information you need. We have access to the latest online resources and technologies.

Our special collections and rare books provide access to unique resources like medieval manuscripts and historic children’s books. University Libraries also houses regional history materials and WMU’s archives.

Experts who support Research and Teaching

Subject librarian helping a student in Waldo Library.We have experts across all Libraries departments that will help to connect you with resources critical to your research, teaching or learning. Whether you need to get answers and advice about information resources, publishing and sharing your research, or digitization or data tools, our library professionals are available to help.

Spaces conducive to Studying and Collaboration

Group study room at Swain Education Library.When you need a quiet place to study, a room to collaborate with others, or just a spot to hang out, the University Libraries has four locations – Waldo, Maybee Music and Dance, Swain Education, Zhang Legacy Collections Center – to serve your needs. You will find individual study cubicles, lounge seating, work tables and group study rooms as well as easy-to-move furniture, white boards and large-screen monitors to create a personalized workspace.

Use one of our 240+ public computers to work on assignments or research projects. Our Graduate Student Commons on the third floor of Waldo is a dedicated space just for graduate students.

Tools available for experimentation

Two students using virtual reality at Waldo Library.The Libraries is always looking for ways to encourage experimentation and exploration. Working in collaboration with other departments and campus units, we are continuing to bring new  innovative learning and teaching technologies into our spaces such as virtual reality, 3D printing and instructional video production. 

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