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Locations within the library:

Area Phone
Archives Reference Desk (414) 288-7256
Brew @ The Bridge (Sodexo) (414) 288-8752
Center for Teaching & Learning (414) 288-0268
Circulation Desk (Raynor) (414) 288-7555
Conference Center Reservations (414) 288-6785
Dean's Office (414) 288-7214
Digital Scholarship Lab (414) 288-7253
Funding Information Center (414) 288-1515
Hours (building) (414) 288-1530
Information Desk (414) 288-7556
Interlibrary Loan (414) 288-7257
Library Information Technology (414) 288-6043
Media & Reserves (414) 288-8802
MU Press (414) 288-7298
Ott Writing Center (414) 288-5542
Renascence (414) 288-6725
Research Help (Information Desk) (414) 288-7556

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Mail Address

Raynor Memorial Libraries
P.O. Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141

Street Address

1355 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233-2219

Library Hours

Overnight access is restricted to Marquette University community members only.

Hours by Semester

View Visitor Hours & Policies →

Brew @ The Bridge

During summer sessions, breaks, and holidays, the Brew @ The Bridge is closed.

Places to Study

  • Picture
  • Name
  • Location
  • Description
    • Image of the Raynor Library Kimberly-Clark       Learning Commons
    • Kimberly-Clark Learning Commons
    • Raynor 1st and 2nd
    • The Commons offers over 100 computer stations for individual and group study, large tables with data ports & electrical outlets, and comfortable chairs.
    • Image of a group study room
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Raynor LL, 1st and 2nd
    • The student group study rooms on LL, 1st and 2nd floor can be reserved for use. All other group study rooms may be used on a first-come first-served basis.

      Reserve a group study room →
    • Image of Class Reserves & Media Services area
    • R144A
    • Raynor 1st
    • Room 144A is available for individual use for purposes such as interviews, virtual appointments, and graduate admissions testing. The room only contains desk space, chairs, and a whiteboard. Students should bring their own devices and equipment. Students seeking a space to participate in online classes may use Raynor D on the Lower Level of Raynor. Please contact the Information Desk with questions.

      Check the availability and request this room →
    • Image of Class Reserves & Media Services area
    • Digital Scholarship Lab
    • Raynor LL
    • This space has a variety of study and seating options: 2 open group study rooms (3-5 people each), 4 reservable group study rooms, Virtual Reality Room, Media Editing Room, collaborative space with a Microsoft Surface Hub, and large tables with power/data ports.

      Learn about DSL spaces →
    • Image of Research Carrels
    • Research Carrels
    • Memorial LL-5th
    • There are quiet study carrels located throughout the Memorial Library stacks on the LL, and 2nd to 5th floors available to qualifying faculty or graduate students. Applications to reserve a carrel are available via the above links. Contact the Circulation Desk (414) 288-7555 for more information.
    • Image of individual study carrels
    • Open Study Carrels
    • Memorial LL-5th
    • There are individual study carrels located throughout the Memorial Library stacks on the LL to 5th floors. These carrels are open to anyone while Memorial is open.
    • Image of large study tables in Memorial Library
    • Memorial Library Stacks
    • Memorial LL-5th
    • There are large tables with power outlets located near the elevators, and smaller tables located throughout the stacks on the LL to 5th floors.
    • Image of quiet study area
    • Quiet Study Areas
    • Raynor 2nd
    • Up the central stair cases and before the Bridge, the quiet study areas have comfortable chairs, and large tables with power outlets and data ports ideal for individual study.
    • Image taken on The Bridge between Raynor and Memorial Library
    • The Bridge
    • Raynor & Memorial 2nd
    • Connecting the Raynor and Memorial Libraries, the Bridge offers comfortable chairs, wall power outlets, large tables, and internet access stations. The Brew @ the Bridge offers coffees, teas, pastries, and other food items Fall and Spring semesters.

      Brew Hours →
    • Image of Memorial Reading Room
    • Memorial Reading Rooms
    • Memorial 2nd & 4th
    • Past the Memorial Circulation desk and to the right, the Memorial 2nd Floor Reading Room provides large tables with power, comfortable seating, and abundant natural light. A similar Reading Room is on the 4th floor. Both rooms overlook Wisconsin Avenue.
    • Image of Raynor Large Classroom - room 245
    • Raynor 245 (Large Classroom)
    • Raynor 2nd
    • When not reserved for library instruction, this room provides study space for up to 30 students. Outlets are available for personal laptops.
    • Image of Raynor Small Classroom - room 227
    • Raynor 227 (Small Classroom)
    • Raynor 2nd
    • When not reserved for library instruction, this room provides natural, ambient lighting and PC workstations for student study and use.
    • Image of Browsing Collection Reading area
    • Browsing Collection Study Area
    • Raynor 2nd
    • The Browsing Collection Study Area is ideal for collaborative and group study. The space includes comfortable chairs, tables and scattered power outlets.
    • Image of Conference Center Lobby area
    • Conference Center Lobby
    • Raynor LL
    • The lobby of the Beaumier Suites Conference Center, just to the right of the enclosed stair case, has comfortable chairs, tables, and power outlets.

Distinct Collections in Raynor Memorial Libraries

Special Collections and University Archives

Special Collections & University Archives

The Special Collections and University Archives houses manuscripts, rare books, and MU records including administrative files,  publications, photographs, films, and papers of faculty and alumni.

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Browsing Collection
Browsing Books

This collection offers a wide range of current fiction, poetry, biography, and popular books on contemporary social issues; they are available for short-term loan (3 weeks.)

View Browsing Books 

Childrens Collection
Children's Book Collection

The Children's Book Collection, (3rd floor of Memorial Library overlooking the Opus Bridge), spans the range of subjects and reading levels. The Collection supports the curricular and research needs of the College of Education, including the entire Library of Congress A-Z call number range, with early readers to young adult books.

Browse Children's Book Collection 

Catholic and Jesuit Spirituality Collection
Ciszek Catholic Spirituality

The Ciszek Catholic Spirituality is a wide-ranging collection of books and videos. It includes Catholic devotional literature, meditations, prayer books, catechisms, lives of the saints, apologetics, conversion stories, and works on vocation.

View Ciszek Catholic Collection 

Cuje Milwaukee Music Collection
Cujé Milwaukee Music

The Cujé Collection consists of music recorded by artists in the Milwaukee area. Materials include compact discs, cassettes, phonodiscs, videos and related items.

Learn about the Cujé Music Collection 

Marquette's electronic collections

Includes E-Publications (MU’s Institutional Repository), E-Archives (18 digitized collections), E-Books (MU’s Electronic Book Subscriptions), and E-Journals (MU’s Electronic Journal Subscriptions)

E-Archives →
E-Books →
E-Journals →

Funding Information Center Collection
Funding Information Center

This collection provides current information to the fund-seeking public (primarily non-profit organizations), and to those doing research on private foundations, philanthropy, and more.

Visit the Funding Information Center 

Manresa Collection
Manresa Collection

Located on the second level of Raynor, the Manresa Collection is devoted to Christian diversity for exploring Christian spiritual life, including vocation, Christian discipleship, and leadership.

Learn about the Manresa Collection 

Recorded Literature
Recorded Literature

A collection of spoken-word, long-playing phonograph records containing poetry, drama, and other literary works.

View Recorded Literature →

Reference Collection
Reference Collection

The Reference Collection, comprising most of the first floor of Raynor Library, includes such materials as dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guides, indexing and abstracting services, etc. Used as a starting point for research or for quick look-ups of information, the collection serves all disciplines, from basic to research levels.

Video Collection
Video Collection

The Libraries house both video and DVD collections as well as providing access to streaming videos.

Learn about the Libraries' video collection 

Print, Copy, Scan, and Fax

The Raynor Memorial Libraries offer self-service printers (PrintWise), copiers, and scanners available for patron use.

Cost Per Page

Paper size: 8.5 x 11 and 8.5 x 14 (letter / legal)
B&W Print/Copy: $0.07
B&W Duplex Print/Copy: $0.10
Color Print/Copy: $0.50
Color Duplex Print/Copy: $0.80

Paper size: 11 x 17 (ledger / tabloid)
B&W Print/Copy: $0.14
B&W Duplex Print/Copy: $0.20
Color Print/Copy: $1.00
Color Duplex Print/Copy: $1.60

Scan: Free
Fax: Free


MarquetteCash: Use a credit/debit card to add money online

Visitors may purchase a copy card from the library. See the Circulation Desk for more information.

Print from My Laptop

Setup PrintWise on your Laptop and print from anywhere on campus

Printer, Copier, Scanner Locations

Raynor Library
  • 1st floor near the Circulation desk, elevators, and stairs
  • 2nd floor near Current Periodicals and computer area
  • Lower Level in Digital Scholarship Lab next to service desk
Memorial Library
  • 2nd floor near Bridge Circulation Desk
  • 2nd floor in the Reading Room
  • Lower Level near the East Elevator


Patrons can email scanned documents to themselves at no charge from the PrintWise machines. PC and Mac workstations with scanners are also available


Students are able to use the University's Enterprise Fax system to send faxes. Enterprise Fax uses email and the item to be faxed must be in an electronic format.

Large Format Printing

Need a print larger than 11 x 17-inches? Poster-sized printing is available. Submit your poster request to the Digital Scholarship Lab.

Submit Poster Request →

Learn more about large format printing →

Off Campus Access

Marquette Web VPN connects you to online resources restricted to the university campus while you are away from Marquette, while the Library Login allows you to connect to most of the library's e-resources.

Requirements: Must have a MARQNET Username and Password

Library Login

Most library resources can be accessed from off campus simply by logging in when automatically prompted by the web site.

  1. For most of the library e-resources, you will be able to go directly to the library home page and click on the e-resource you want to use
  2. You will then be directed to a login screen where you will be asked to enter your MARQNET username and password

Library Login →

Screenshot of MARQcat login screen

Problems logging in? Please contact the Information Desk at (414) 288-7556

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

A number of library resources cannot be accessed from off-campus via the Library Login method. A VPN connection is required for these.

Follow the instructions for downloading the VPN client on your mobile device and your computer. (Both are needed.)

  1. Connect to the VPN using your MARQNET Username and password
  2. Acknowledge the message received on your mobile device (iPhone, Android, tablet, etc.). Once the message is acknowledged the VPN will connect to Marquette's network.
  3. Go to the Library website and start your research

Questions about the VPN? Contact ITS Help Desk: (414) 288-7799 or helpdesk@marquette.edu

Digital Scholarship and Programs

Raynor Memorial Libraries’ digital scholarship services transform the way faculty and students create and share knowledge by helping them explore new digital tools and methodologies.

Digital Scholarship Lab

The lab space gives students a dedicated environment for experimenting, collaborating, and creating using digital video, graphics, web publishing, and other media.

Overview of services:

Digital Programs/Publishing

Our digital publishing infrastructure and expertise increase the impact of Marquette research in an increasingly collaborative and data-enriched scholarly environment. Our open-access repository hosts faculty research materials and data provide easy discovery and permanent, stable access around the globe. Our staff are also available to help scholars explore new and emerging publishing options, data management, copyright, and alternative impact metrics.

Overview of services:

  • Institutional repository - search-engine friendly, open-access research repository
  • Consulting - open access publishing, data management, copyright, impact metrics
  • Academic social networking support - Marquette-branded scholar profile pages

Visit Digital Scholarship and Programs →

Borrowing Privileges


Books and other material from the general collection are loaned for a six week (42 day) period.

Graduate Student

Books are loaned for one semester.

Faculty/Emeritus Faculty/Staff

Books checked out to Faculty or Staff members are due at the end of the 2nd summer session.

Faculty Authorized Assistants

Faculty members may authorize their graduate assistants to check-out material for them. An Authorized Assistant Form must be signed and returned before such check-outs are permitted.


Books are loaned for four weeks (28 days). Limited to 10 items on user’s account.

Courtesy Cards holders/Community Borrowers

Books are loaned for four weeks (28 days). Limited to 10 items on user’s account.

All items are checked out at the Circulation Desks in Raynor or Memorial Libraries. Reserve items are checked out a the Reserve Desk in the lower level of Raynor.

The due date is stamped in the material at check out. There is no limit on the number of items that may be checked out for campus borrowers. All checked out material is subject to recall by another user. Please review the Recall policy on the main Circulation Page. Unique collections may have shorter loan periods:

Visitor Policies

Effective September 7, 2021, the library will resume permitting visitors into its facilities, in accordance with the definitions and guidelines on this page and with Marquette University policies.

Visitors must:

  1. Complete a COVID questionnaire at the visitor window before entrance.
  2. Wear a mask while anywhere in the building.
  3. Wear their visitor pass at all times.
  4. Comply with visitor hours.

Guests of MU community

Guests accompanied by a valid Marquette ID holder will be admitted to the library after submitting a valid photo ID, which must be left at the registration counter. Guests will be issued a guest pass that must be carried with them at all times.

NOTE: Visitor hours apply

Marquette Alumni

Alumni must show an alumni card and photo ID for entrance. Alumni without a valid Marquette alumni card can have their alumni status verified at the visitor registration counter. Alumni are eligible for on-site access to library resources and limited borrowing privileges.

NOTE: Visitor hours apply

Visiting the J.R.R. Tolkien Display

Individuals interested in viewing the display of J.R.R. Tolkien materials must provide a valid photo ID that will be kept at Raynor's visitor registration counter. A library staff member will escort all non-campus visitors to and from the Department of Special Collections. No photography of the J.R.R. Tolkien materials is permitted.

NOTE: Visitor hours apply

Limited Research Passes

Individuals with a limited, yet demonstrated research need, can request a one-day guest pass for $5. (PLEASE NOTE: We can accept only cash or checks.) This pass will be issued only after the potential user meets with a librarian and demonstrates a clear research need that can’t be met by other local libraries such as UWM or MPL. A valid photo ID must be left at the counter. If the ID presented is a WI driver’s license, a copy will be made and held at the registration counter. Guests will be issued a pass that they must carry with them at all times. The pass must be returned to library staff to retrieve their ID and will be good for that day only. The university reserves the right to deny the application of any requestor, and access privileges can be revoked by the university at any time.

NOTE: Visitor hours apply

Annual Research Passes

Members of the public with a demonstrated and continuing research need can apply for a library card that will allow on-site access to library resources and limited borrowing privileges (see Courtesy Card Borrowing Privileges for further information). To apply, please see the Annual Research Pass Application.

NOTE: Visitor hours apply

Visitor Hours

* Unless otherwise noted, library hours for guests and limited research pass holders are:

Mon–Thurs 9 AM - 9 PM
Friday 9 AM - 5 PM
Saturday Noon - 5 PM
Sunday Noon - 9 PM

* Hours may vary during holidays, breaks, and summer sessions.

Department of Special Collections Hours

Mon–Fri 9 AM - 4:30 PM

 There is no access for members of the general public.

View all visitor policies →