Access to Swem

Accessible entrance marker with a large white WM logo
The accessible entrance at the back of Swem Library.


  • Swem has an accessible entrance at the back of the building, close to the accessible parking spaces. Ring the doorbell for access.
  •  If you need staff to meet you at the entrance, please contact our circulation desk so that we can make arrangements ahead of time.
  • The front entrance of Swem has two ADA-compliant ramps. 


  • Elevators are available to all four floors.

Wheelchairs and Other Mobility Equipment

  • Push wheelchairs are available. Staff members are available for pushing for a limited amount of time. Please call in advance to arrange.
  • All public service areas are wheelchair-accessible.
  • Several public computer workstations for visitors on the library's 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors are wheelchair-accessible.
  • All student-staff-faculty computer workstations are wheelchair-accessible.
  • Carts are available from the circulation desk if you need help moving a large number of items.
  • If you bring your own wheelchair but wish to park it in the library while you walk around, that's fine.  Please ask at the circulation desk for suggested locations where your chair will be secure.


  • Most of our collections, including the general collection, reference, and government documents, are housed in open shelves, including portions in compact shelving. We will help you find and carry materials.


  • We have public telephones on all four floors with telephone numbers posted for each of our service desks.