Services for Visitors and Guest Borrowers

The University Libraries are open to the public during these hours. See directions to Waldo Library if needed.


Consult the Borrowing and Renewing Items page for complete borrowing information.

Guest borrowers

A guest borrower may borrow up to 10 items excluding class reserve items, audio and video formats, slides, or image CD-ROMs. For more information on obtaining a guest borrower's card, please contact the Waldo Library Access Services Department (269) 387-5156 during open library hours.

You may obtain a one year guest borrower's card if you:

  • Live within a 50-mile radius of Western Michigan University, and
  • Are at least 18 years of age, and
  • Present a photo identification with an address and proof of Social Security number

Reference Services

Librarians and staff help visitors find information and conduct research, choose “best” sources, and become independent users of the many resources (books, journals, government documents, and media) found online and in print in the University Libraries.


Visitors may sign into the Libraries' public computers using a guest account. Most databases are available to the public onsite, but due to licensing restrictions, a few are limited only to users with a valid Bronco NetID. Wi-Fi access is limited to users with valid Bronco NetIDs and visitors attending select conferences. Public computers do provide internet access via the guest account.


Visitors need to save files to a USB flash drive and print using Libraries copiers at a cost of $0.10 per page.  Detailed instructions.

Library Drop Boxes

Books and other materials may be returned to Waldo Library or one of the branch libraries on campus or through one of our convenient drop boxes:

  • Waldo Library - Two convenient locations: 1. Outside book return drop box outside front doors of library front entrance. 2. Outside book return drop box, at curb side, on Arcadia Street side of building.
  • Swain Education Library - Book return drop slot inside the Education Library (Sangren Hall, second level), to the left of the check out desk.
  • Engineering Campus (Parkview) - Drop box on first floor, near front entrance and Lecture Hall D-115. Pick up Monday through Friday 9:15 a.m.
  • College of Health and Human Services Campus - Drop box on first floor near the Learning Resource Center. Pick up Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m.
  • Haworth College of Business - Drop box on first floor, by entrance closest to the Fetzer Center. Pick up Monday through Friday 10 a.m.