Visit Us

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.

Campus return information and policies

We follow all state mandates and university guidance to keep you safe on campus. Read WMU's current policies related to COVID-19, including badging and mask requirements.

Learn more about the WMU's Fall 2021 return to campus.

Mask requirements

Masking is required for students, faculty and staff indoors when on campus or any other University-controlled properties with the following exceptions:

  • You are fully vaccinated as verified by Sindecuse Health Center as indicated on your badge.
  • You have a medical exemption.
  • You are the only person in a closed space, such as an office with a door, and visitors are not expected.
  • You are in your own campus residence.
  • You are eating or drinking.
  • You are receiving medical care.

All visitors are asked to wear masks indoors unless they have been fully vaccinated.

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 include:

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

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.

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.