Answered By: Heidi Anoszko
Last Updated: May 20, 2022     Views: 421

Some library materials only exist in print. Although you need to come in to the library to use our print collections, many electronic resources (including the library databases and e-journals) can be accessed from anywhere by current UWM students (not alumni), staff, and faculty (including emerti) with their own Internet access.

Due to contractual terms, remote access to library subscriptions by individuals not listed above is not possible. Unrestricted access to our licensed resources is only available from the Milwaukee campus, UWM at Washington County, and UWM at Waukesha. Milwaukee locations include the Golda Meir library building, computer labs, offices, and residence halls using the UWM network. Note this does not include Public WiFi.

The best place to begin accessing online library sources is through the UWM Libraries Homepage. You can use Search@UW without restrictions. However, in order to access most resources, you will need to authenticate using your ePanther ID and password.

See also the Off Campus URL Generator.

Also note that you never have to pay for access to a book or article. Even if the item you're looking for is not part of our print/online holdings, you can obtain a copy a no cost (to you) by using our interlibrary loan services. See How do I find materials the UWM libraries do not own? for more information.


Our remote access control mechanism is handled by the campus 1Login system. If you are experiencing issues with signing in (except as noted below), contact the Help Desk for assistance.

If you are currently enrolled or employed at UWM and able to access other 1Login-gated sites, such as Canvas, but unable to sign-in to library sites, please contact the Library Circulation Desk ( for help in fixing your account.

For assistance working with MFA, please refer to the university's Multifactor Authentication site.

Signing in requires that your browser accept cookies. See How to Enable Cookies if you need to restore this setting. Common errors may also be resolved by clearing your browser cache and cookies.

If you are encountering an EZproxy error message (such as "Host Needed"), please let us know via Ask a Librarian.

VPN Users: The Campus VPN is available, however, it is not configured to work with remote access to library databases; you may need to re-authenticate or disconnect from the VPN in order for library links to function properly.

Please also note our Conditions of Use.

We also run another service to work with the campus single sign-on (SSO) system and directly from some subscription websites. To gain access:

  1. Look for a "Login" or "Sign in" link, usually in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  2. If presented with different authentication options, select the one that says 'from your institution' or 'via partner organization.'
  3. If presented with a list of regions, select InCommon (North America).
  4. Choose the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as your school.
  5. You will be taken to the UWM authentication page, or directly logged in if you have an existing single sign-on session already running.


Chat with a Librarian

Librarian Live Help (via your web browser) is available 24/7/365.

UWM Libraries staff are available to answer chat inquiries 9AM-5PM, M-F.

During busy times and after hours, other librarians from our chat consortium will help you.


See Services and Research Assistance for more information. A Suggestion Form is also available, as is our staff directory.

Have a non-library question? See Contact UWM and Campus IT Support.