Using the Library

ID cards — A valid Mount Mary University ID card (or a valid ID card from a SWITCH group library) must be presented at each checkout transaction. Library privileges are not transferable. To receive a Mount Mary University Student ID/library card, please complete the ID Card application at Public Safety. Alumni, please scroll down this page.

Loan duration and renewal
— Loans for library items vary by item. Please see below for popular items. Please note that there are shorter loans at the end of terms, and items from other SWITCH Libraries may have shorter loan periods.

  • Books - 28 days
  • Past Periodicals - 14 days
  • DVDs and CDs - 7 days
  • iPads - 24 hours
  • Laptops - 4 hours
  • Headphones - 2 hours

Circulating items (except Reserve items) may be renewed 2 times if there is no "Hold" on the item. Renewals may be done by logging into Primo, by phone at (414) 930-3395 (through 3 p.m. weekdays) or (414) 930-3056, or in person at the Learning Commons desk (main floor) and Circulation desk (2nd floor).

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) materials are often eligible for renewal. Patrons can request ILL renewals in their Primo accounts. Or they can email the ILL librarian at Alumni can request via ILL, but are subject to any charges that Haggerty Library receives from lending libraries. Click here for our complete ILL policies.

Course reserve items check out for 2-hours, 1-day, 3-day, and 7-day loan periods. 2-hour reserve items are for "In-Library Use" only. Please return these directly to a library staff member for prompt check-in.

Book returns are located just outside the library's front entrance and on the main and 2nd floors.

Overdue charges — Patrons are responsible for items checked out in their name, payment of overdue charges, and replacement fees of lost items as noted in the Mount Mary University Undergraduate Bulletin.

According to the Bulletin, “A student who is delinquent in tuition/fee payments (including parking fees and library fines) is not entitled to grades, credits, transcripts or participation in graduation exercises.”

Overdue notices are sent to a patron's email address or home address. Failure to receive a notice does not alter responsibility to return items nor exempt patrons from overdue penalties.

  • Books: actual cost of book
  • DVDs and CDs and Past Periodicals: $1 per day per item
  • iPads: $10 per day; $670 replacement fee
  • Laptops: $10 per day; $750 replacement fee

Fines are collected after the 4th day, when a $65 replacement fee AND a non-refundable $10 processing fee are charged. Replacement fees are waived when items are returned.

Atmosphere and Quiet Floor — Haggerty Library and Learning Commons is a place for study and collaboration. The Learning Commons and café space may be somewhat noisy; however, a quiet study space is located on the 2nd floor.

Please be considerate of others and keep loud conversation to a minimum, except in Study Rooms. Set phones to vibrate or to silent while in the library. Leave the library if you receive a cell phone call; when you leave the library to make or take a call, take important belongings with you.

Haggerty Library is not responsible for the loss of personal items.

Drinks with lids and snacks are allowed in the library. Messy foods and tobacco products are not.

For more about library study spaces, please see the Library Survival Guide.

Although reserving a Study Room is not required, it is recommended. To reserve one, log into SpaceFinder using your regular computer login.

Alumni privileges — Alumni can apply for an Alumnae ID card through Public Safety. This allows checkouts of books, DVDs, and other library items. Alumni can request books and articles through ILL in Primo (also see Interlibrary Loan above) under the MMU Courtesy login (click Sign In to find it).

While Haggerty Library is unable to allow off-campus database access for alumni, some Haggerty Library databases are available via Badgerlink, a free, state-run library service (available for Wisconsin residents only).

You can also visit Information Technology (IT) for 24-hour campus computer access and a short-term printing account.

Hours — View library hours online, or see library hours posted at library entrances and on campus bulletin boards.