Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons

UWM Libraries Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons Access Policy

Our Mission
The Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons provides the UWM community with much-needed space and resources to support research, study, collaborative work, and social interaction. It is important that the UWM Libraries and the Learning Commons provide a welcoming and safe environment for the UWM community while continuing the Libraries’ tradition of being an important resource for non-UWM users.

Day Access
Access to the Learning Commons is unrestricted for weekday hours from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

Night Access 24/5
Beginning at 7:00pm on Sunday -Thursday, access is allowed to the west wing with a photo ID, whether UWM or other form of photo identification.

Beginning at 11:00pm on Sunday - Thursday, all areas of the Libraries close, with the exception of the Learning Commons. Only UWM students, faculty and staff with valid UWM ID will be allowed to enter or remain in the building.

On Fridays and Saturdays, the Library closes at 7:00pm and 8:00pm respectively, with no restrictions on access.

ID Enforcement 24/5
As library staff clear the building to prepare for closing at 11:00pm Sunday-Thursday, they notify those remaining in the Learning Commons that they should be prepared to show a UWM ID if they are asked. IDs are systematically checked each night but will be checked anytime a user’s behavior becomes disruptive or if they are known to the library staff to be a non-UWM user. Anyone unable to produce a valid UWM ID will be required to leave the building.

Food Policy

Leave No Trace

Group Study Room Policy

The Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons offers many group study options to facilitate group learning; four of these spaces can be reserved.

Group Study Space Policy - South Commons

Due to high demand from students for group study space, the alcoves in the South Learning Commons are now designated for 2 or more people. This will allow the resources in these spaces to be utilized by the most number of students. Please use a smaller table in the Learning Commons or consider studying in other spaces in the UWM Libraries.

Laptop Power Cables Policy

LCD Monitors Policy

LCD Monitors are for educational group work purposes. Do not attach gaming devices (PSP, Wii, etc) to any LCD monitor in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons. If you are observed playing games on these monitors, you will be asked to detach your equipment and leave the area.

Noise Policy

The Learning Commons is a collaborative research and study environment. Please be respectful of others:

The purpose of this policy is to ensure an atmosphere conducive to shared studying and research.

Noise Policy 11:00 PM - 7:00 AM

To support all studying styles in the Learning Commons post-11PM

Study Zones
Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons





In order to optimize student learning and maximize student engagement in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons, “Study Zones” will be in enforced after 11PM Sunday – Thursday.




Parking Policy from 12:00 AM - 6:00 AM

Union parking signUnion Parking Garage (accessible from Kenwood Boulevard) - FOR STUDENTS in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons ONLY! Register your vehicle to get a daily permit from the Welcome Desk in the Learning Commons.  (Permits are issued only between 12:00 AM – 6:00 AM)

Overnight Parking Policy for the Union Garage

Additional parking is available in the Sandburg Hall Parking Garage.
Visitor parking is available in the metered spaces in the Sandburg Hall Parking Garage, 24 hours a day.

TV Policy

From 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM the TV monitor is to remain on CNN with closed captioning, unless there is a Learning Commons event utilizing the TV. Please…Do not plug your computer into the monitor or change the channel.


Comments & Questions
Learning Commons Coordinator
Molly Susan Mathias

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