Services for Visitors and Guest Borrowers

The University Libraries are open to the public during these hours. See directions to Waldo Library if needed.


Consult the Borrowing and Renewing Items page for complete borrowing information.

Guest borrowers

A guest borrower may borrow up to 10 items excluding class reserve items, audio and video formats, slides, or image CD-ROMs. For more information on obtaining a guest borrower's card, please contact User Services at (269) 387-5059 during open library hours.

You may obtain a one year guest borrower's card if you:

  • Live within a 50-mile radius of Western Michigan University, and
  • Are at least 18 years of age, and
  • Present a photo identification with an address and proof of Social Security number

Reference Services

Librarians and staff help visitors find information and conduct research, choose “best” sources, and become independent users of the many resources (books, journals, government documents, and media) found online and in print in the University Libraries.


Visitors may sign in to the Libraries' public computers using a guest account. Stop by the Service Desk to obtain a guest user name and password. Public computers do provide internet access via the guest account. Most databases are available to the public onsite, but due to licensing restrictions, a few are limited only to users with a valid Bronco NetID.

Wireless network access is available to everyone. Visitors may use the WMU Guest network. This password is available at the Service Desk. WMU students, faculty and staff should use either WMU Secure (preferred) or WMU Open. 


Visitors need to save files to a USB flash drive and print using Libraries copiers at a cost of $0.10 per page.  Detailed instructions.

Parking Permits

  • Guest permits may be purchased at the Parking Services office, or online at  A daily permit purchased online may be printed off by the guest and placed on the front dashboard of the vehicle. Daily permits are $5. Weekly permits are $15. More information about WMU parking.
  • Once the permit has been purchased, it must immediately be hung from the vehicle's rear-view mirror to avoid ticketing.
  • If ticketed before hanging the parking permit from the rear-view mirror, mail the ticket along with the parking permit to WMU Parking Services to cancel the ticket.

Returning items

All items can be returned to one of the following locations:

  • Waldo Library - Three convenient locations: 1. Book return drop slot near outside doors of library front entrance. 2. Outside book return drop slot, at curb side, on Arcadia Street side of building. 3. Inside building at first floor atrium.
  • College of Health and Human Services Campus - Drop box on first floor of Health and Human Services Building, near the Learning Resource Center. Pick up Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m.
  • Engineering Campus (Parkview) - Drop box on first floor of Floyd Hall, near front entrance and around the corner from the Parkview Cafe. Pick up Monday through Friday 9:15 a.m.
  • Haworth College of Business - Drop box on first floor of Schneider Hall, by entrance closest to the Fetzer Center. Pick up Monday through Friday 10 a.m.
  • Maybee Music and Dance Library - in Dalton Center, third floor.
  • Swain Education Library - Book return drop slot inside the Education Library (Sangren Hall, second level), to the left of the check out desk.

Library materials must be returned complete with all parts, discs, booklets, and other accompanying material. You will be charged full replacement costs for items returned without all accompanying material.