Visit Us

Waldo Library's first-floor lobby will be partially closed for floor maintenance starting Monday, May 17, through Friday, May 21. Elevated noise levels may occur while crews are working on the floor.

A renovation of the Board of Trustees Fountain outside Waldo Library this summer will impact some access routes to the Library. Waldo Library will remain open during the renovation project.

A number of other construction projects happening around campus this summer may impact travel and parking around Waldo Library.

Just like campus life looks and feels different this semester, so does life in the library. Here's what you need to know about visiting the University Libraries this summer.

What to expect at waldo library

Bring your Bronco Card with you

A Bronco Card is required to enter the building. You will need to swipe your card at the entrance.

Before you come to the library

Complete the COVID-19 health survey on GoWMU.

Reserve a seat or computer ahead of time

Plan for your library visit by reserving a chair, table or computer station online for a specific day and time. You may make one reservation per day for up to four hours. We will hold reservations for only 30 minutes, so remember to check in when you arrive. Walk-in seating and computers are also available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mask up and stay safe

You are required to wear a mask inside the library at all times. Follow directional signage while you are inside the facility and stay six feet away from other people whenever possible.

Some spaces are open

You can access the lobby area on the first floor to pick up materials and visit the service desk to place material requests, check out course reserves and inquire about the laptop loaner program. Other areas open on the first floor include:

Up to 250 people may be allowed in the facility at a time.

Other spaces are still closed

As a library with millions of items on our shelves, we face unique challenges in sanitizing and cleaning. To help reduce the spread of infection, all book stacks will remain closed for the summer sessions. You may place requests for materials at the service desk. We will retrieve the items for you. We encourage library users to place holds for materials before they arrive to minimize wait times. 

The lower level, second floor and third floor remain closed at this time. Other rooms and spaces that remain closed include:

  • Group study rooms
  • Research carrels
  • Makerspace
  • Virtual Reality Lab

Leave food and drink in your room or at home

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, food and drinks of any kind are not allowed in Waldo Library at this time. Please eat and drink in your room, at home, outside, or in other designated eating areas on campus. 

Place hold requests before you come

To minimize your wait time, you can place holds for materials online using Library Search before you arrive. You can then pick up materials at Waldo Library or we can ship them to you.

Need help? We're standing by.

Our subject librarians can help you with library resources, citing sources, research projects, class assignments and more. They are available by video chat, phone and email.

For general questions, contact us by phone, email or live chat.

Many of our resources are available to you online anytime, anywhere. There's remote access to course and subject guides, research databases,  course-related materials on reserve and more.

All the ways we are keeping you safe

  • All employees are required to complete the COVID-19 health survey before working in Waldo Library. This includes checking themselves for a fever or other symptoms.
  • We require all employees and users to wear masks in our facility at all times. Use the floor markings to stay six feet apart from others.
  • We have installed plexiglass shields to protect you and our employees during transactions at the service desk.
  • With custodial support, we have implemented cleaning and sanitizing protocols for all areas of the facility open for use. High-touch areas, including door handles and restrooms, will be cleaned multiple times per day.
  • All materials and equipment are sanitized after they are returned and before being checked out to the next user. UVC cleaning devices are used to destroy pathogens and disinfect items.
  • Hand-sanitizing and cleaning supply stations have been added to all public areas.
  • We have limited the building occupancy to 250 people based on space available on the first floor.
  • We have rearranged our furniture to encourage social distancing between stations.
  • We have dedicated entrances and exits to encourage social distancing.

Community user access and guest borrowing

To help limit the potential spread of COVID-19, we have limited access to Waldo Library to WMU users only, and they must swipe their Bronco Cards to enter.

As a result, we have suspended the guest borrowing program and public computer access. We recommend that community users request WMU Libraries materials through the MeLCat program at their public library. MeLCat requests will be delivered to a participating library for pickup. Requests for general computer access will not be honored at this time.

Community users may submit requests for limited access to the government documents collection by using this form.