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 fall.
- Waldo Library is open for the fall semester. Be sure to check library hours before you visit and see what to expect below.
- Zhang Legacy Collections Center is open by appointment only for the 2020-21 academic year. Request an appointment and learn more about how to have a safe and successful visit.
- Swain Education Library in Sangren Hall is closed for the 2020-21 academic year. This space will be temporarily used for the Solution Squad, a service hub that provides academic and technical support to students.
- Maybee Music and Dance Library in Dalton Center has been closed permanently. The College of Fine Arts will utilize this space for other activities.
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. Limited 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
Up to 150 people may be allowed in the facility at a time.
You can access the lobby area 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:
Access to the unique resources in our special collections is available by appointment only. Request an appointment and learn more about how to have a safe and successful visit.
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, we have closed all book stacks for the fall semester. 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
- Learning Glass Studio
- Multimedia Editing Studio
- Virtual Reality Lab
Keep food and drink in designated area
Food and drink are limited to a designated area near the Bookmark Café. Please do not take food and drinks to other areas in the library. Whether you purchase items at the Café or bring them with you, they must be consumed in the designated area. Masks may only be removed while seated and consuming food and drink in this area.
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 chat.
- 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.
- Hand-sanitizing and cleaning supply stations have been added to all public areas.
- We have limited the building occupancy to 150 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.