Waldo Library

University Libraries has started a gradual process of reopening. Waldo Library’s first-floor lobby is now open for limited services to WMU users. All other areas within Waldo Library and all branch libraries remain closed at this time.

Finding Your Way Around | Hours | Parking | Contact Info

Waldo Library is the main library, located in the heart of Western Michigan University's main campus. It’s a large, welcoming building that offers a wide range of spaces and collections to accommodate the modern scholar.

With late-night hours, a café, personalized expert help, and a wide range of spaces and technologies, Waldo Library is both a casual gathering place and a dynamic academic center for research excellence.

Most books can be borrowed and checked out. Some items have restrictions. Through our library, you also have access to online resources like databases, journals, and subject guides.

Finding your way around

3rd Floor

A - C
Special collections

Computing and printing
Graduate Student Commons
Multipurpose Room 3027
Office of the Dean
Rare Book Room
Research carrels

2nd Floor D - K
Children's collection
Government documents
Maps and atlases

Computing and printing
Data management services
Digitization services
Group study rooms
ScholarWorks office

1st Floor N, P
WMU authors collection
Popular reading

Bookmark Café
Classroom A
Computing and printing
Course reserves
Peer2Peer eMentoring
Service desk
Subject librarian offices
User Services offices
Writing Center

Lower Level Q - Z
Confucius Chinese collection

Classroom B
Computing and printing
Group study rooms
Library IT services
Learning Glass Studio
Multimedia Editing Studio
Resource Management offices 
Virtual Reality Lab


Waldo Library hours

A Bronco Card is required to enter Waldo Library when it’s open after 9 p.m. Waldo Library is open to the public before 9 p.m. on these days.


Visitors may park in the four metered spaces in the lot across the street from Waldo Library (Lot 27). Payment at a meter may be made with U.S. quarters or through the ParkMobile app.

Parking lot permit restrictions are not enforced between 4 p.m. Friday and 12:01 a.m. Monday. During this time, visitors may park for free at meters, in dorm lots A, C, F or K, and in W parking lots. Some lots allow other WMU permits after 5 p.m. Check the sign at each lot.

Guest permits can be purchased at the Parking Services office or online.

Campus map

Visitor parking

Contact info

Our library staff is ready to assist you with our collections, spaces, technology or whatever you need. If you have a question, just ask us!

Exterior of Waldo Library.Waldo Library

(269) 387-5059

Mailing address:

1903 W. Michigan Ave.
WMU mail stop: 5353
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Physical address: 

1090 Arcadia Loop
Latitude 42.282194, Longitude -85.613741