Swain Library

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Technology Help Desk walk-in support is available in Swain Library during construction in the University Computing Center. View help desk hours.

Swain Library is available to Western Michigan University students for open study. It is part of University Libraries and supports student collaboration, learning and academic success. Find your favorite spot and get to work!

We have three open study rooms at Swain Library that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. These study rooms feature tables, chairs and a whiteboard. 

There are no public computers or printers in Swain Library. However, Waldo Library is a short walk from Sangren Hall and has 100+ computers and several print release stations.

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Location and parking


Swain Library is located on the second floor of Sangren Hall, adjacent to Flossie's Café.

Mailing address

1903 W. Michigan Ave.
WMU mail stop: 5214
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Physical address

2050 W. Michigan Ave.
Latitude 42.284048, Longitude -85.614575


Student, faculty and staff parking

WMU students, faculty and staff must adhere to University Parking Regulations when visiting Swain Library. Parking permits are enforced from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and on Fridays from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Accessible parking

There are accessible spaces available in Lot 41, on the north side of Sangren Hall. 

Visitor parking

Guest visitors may park in metered spaces in Lot 41, on the north side of Sangren Hall. Payment at a meter can be made with U.S. quarters or through the ParkMobile app. Guest permits are also available and can be purchased at the Parking Services office or online.

Need help?

  • Need assistance while in Swain Library?

    Call Waldo Library at (269) 387-5059.