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Find out what the library offers, how it works, and who you can find here.

The Walter Schroeder Library is committed to providing resources and services that meet the informational, instructional and educational needs of MSOE’s community. The library is a comfortable, accessible place for the MSOE community to gather and conduct research. We provide areas for quiet study and areas for groups to congregate. We are open late during the school year to accommodate night-owl studiers. Our library collections have strong coverage in business & management, engineering, mathematics, nursing, and physics & chemistry. The library also has an experienced staff of librarians to assist you with all of your information needs.

Library Materials

Print and Electronic Books, Journals, and Newspapers
The library has approximately 45,000 print books and nearly 700,000 electronic books, with strong coverage in engineering, mathematics, physics and chemistry, nursing, and business.

We also offer:

  • Entertainment DVDs and books in a variety of genres
  • Theses, capstone projects, and senior design projects by past MSOE students
  • University Archives and Special Collections

Library Spaces

The library occupies two floors of the library building, each offering different amenities.

First Floor Second Floor
  • Silent study: The entire floor is dedicated to undisturbed, silent solo work. (Please take your calls and conversations elsewhere.)
  • Print book and journal collection: If you're looking for physical/print materials, you'll probably find them here.
  • Senior design projects: Browse our collection of projects done by former students.
  • Comfy seating and solo work space. Collapse into a cushy chair by a sunny window, or grab a private study carrel.
  • Talking floor: Work with fellow students, have conversations, etc. -- we are absolutely fine with noise on this floor! Group seating at tables and booths is also available.
  • Collaboration/study rooms: Reserve a space to work in smaller or larger groups.
  • Schroeder conference room: Meetings, gatherings, and occasional class sessions take place in this room. And, it's reservable.
  • Printers and Copiers: Print in both black and white and color. 
  • Vending: The library offers a limited assortment of drinks and food for self-service purchase. Don't study hungry!

Library Staff

Gary Shimek
Library Director
(414) 277-2181
Elizabeth Jerow
Assistant Library Director
(414) 277-7183
Taylor Kelley
eResources and Systems Librarian
(414) 277-7389

Molly Ostendorf
Cataloging/Metadata/Interlibrary Loan Librarian
(414) 277-7471

Emily Shelton
Library Assistant
(414) 277-7115

Ellie Goecken
Library Assistant
(414) 277-7182

During the school year, the library is also staffed by a number of student workers who can answer basic questions, process loans, accept returns, and more.

Visit the Library

500 E Kilbourn Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 277-7180

Accessing The Library

Beginning on March 11, 2024, library users will need an MSOE ID card to access the library. During the library's hours of operation, users may swipe their ID card at the main entrance to the library to unlock the door.

Library visitors without an MSOE ID card (example: special borrowers, alumni, etc.) may call the library at (414) 277-7180 to gain access to the library.

Who We Serve

The Walter Schroeder Library is part of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), a private university. We exist primarily to serve the needs of MSOE students, faculty, and staff. These visitors are invited to use our resources, including library materials, digital access, library services, and the library space.

No general public access is permitted. Please see the Visitor Access Policy for more information.

If you have suggestions for how to make this page better, please contact Elizabeth Jerow, Assistant Library Director (