In support of the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s mission, principles, and goals — and featuring an inviting, friendly, interesting, service-oriented, customer-responsive environment that encourages collaboration and the exchange of ideas, intellectual curiosity, learning, and discovery, in addition to quiet study — the Walter Schroeder Library provides resources and services that meet the informational needs associated with the educational, research, professional, social, and recreational activities of its customers.
Specifically, the library seeks to provide recorded knowledge and information — or access to recorded knowledge and information — consistent with present and anticipated documented information needs at MSOE.
At all times, the library works to contribute to the overall mission of MSOE. A number of specific mission statements currently support and define the library’s vision. These mission statements may be classified into one of three broad categories:
Mission A: To support the mission, principles, and goals of MSOE and to build interdepartmental cooperation, communication and collaboration.
Mission B: To be customer-driven, customer-responsive, and service-oriented, and to regularly evaluate who our customers are and what they need.
Mission C: To regularly evaluate that customers are changed as a result of contact with the library, and to regularly verify that the library provides value to MSOE.
Mission D: To recruit and retain a highly qualified, effective and numerically sufficient staff.
Mission E: To motivate library staff to high levels of achievement, encouraging continuing development and staff enhancement.
Mission F: To house the library’s print and other physical collections in adequate facilities conducive to the use and preservation of the collections.
Mission G: To provide a well-maintained and safe environment.
Mission H: To provide an inviting, welcoming, interesting, aesthetically-pleasing multipurpose physical environment that enhances both collaboration and quiet study, and facilitates the provision of multiple services.
Mission I: To evaluate — from time to time, as institutional and library-related strategic exigencies necessitate — the library physical plant, and to implement change as appropriate to meet the needs of customers.
Mission J: To acquire materials — and to acquire access to materials — in appropriate formats and in sufficient quantity, depth, and diversity to support teaching, education, research, and study in the subject areas of the MSOE curriculum, in addition to documented information needs consistent with the professional, social, and recreational activities of the library’s customers.
Mission K: To provide bibliographic, physical, and intellectual access in the library and outside of the library to recorded knowledge and information consistent with the teaching, research, educational, professional, social, and recreational activities of the library’s customers.
Mission L: To meet the informational needs of its customers by providing access to information resources, such as books, journals, databases, DVDs, and other formats and types of information. In serving the informational needs of our customers, the library will facilitate access to local, national, and international resources, and will make information readily available, with an emphasis on electronic information, and with a recognition that formats can change or evolve.
Mission M: To respond to the changing state of knowledge, the MSOE curriculum, and the information needs of our customers by evaluating collections, services, and resources necessary for meeting the needs of customers, and to implement change as appropriate.
Mission N: To guide and to instruct our customers in the identification, interpretation, and use of library materials, information, resources, and equipment.
Mission O: To provide appropriate library-related research services to library customers.
Mission P: To ensure the preservation and availability of official records and other materials which document the history of MSOE.
Mission Q: To maintain adequate equipment and technology consistent with the strategic goals of the library and the needs of customers.
Mission R: To embrace innovation, new technology, and new practices in order to become an information producer of unique materials and resources online, including scholarship, research results, and other types of information produced by MSOE students, faculty, and staff.
Mission S: To promote the library and to employ appropriate technology, methods, and practices to enhance customer awareness of the library’s resources and services.
500 E. Kilbourn Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Print and Electronic Books
The library has approximately 45,000 print books and nearly 300,000 electronic books, with strong coverage in the following areas:
Print and Electronic Journals
The library subscribes to more than 300 print journals and more than 100,000 electronic journals.
Faculty Development Collection
A collection of library resources geared towards education, servant leadership, and teaching skills.
Entertainment DVD Collection
A popular DVD collection including current and classic movies, television series, special interest DVDs and more.
Collection Management is an ongoing process that we conduct in order to ensure our materials support the needs of the MSOE Community.
The Walter Schroeder Library accepts donations of books, print periodicals, entertainment DVDs, and other materials that are valuable and useful to the MSOE community.
The Walter Schroeder Library is part of the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), a private university. The library can only offer limited access to the general public. No general public access is permitted. Members of the public and visitors who have limited access to the library include those individuals who visit the library for reasons broadly associated with the business and educational purposes of MSOE. Please see the Milwaukee School of Engineering Library Visitor Access Policy for more information on limited visitor access.
The second floor of the library is an area where socialization is welcome. There are large tables and plenty of seating for group collaboration. There are also three study rooms and four collaboration rooms located on the second floor. These rooms may be reserved. Requests may be made using LibCal Room Bookings.
The first floor of the library is a quiet zone, equipped with comfortable chairs and study carrels. No talking or cell phone use is allowed on this floor to ensure that students have a quiet area on campus for study.
Schroeder Conference Room
The Walter Schroeder Library’s Schroeder Room is an excellent location for faculty meetings, thesis defenses, and group gatherings. The room is configured in a rectangular horseshoe pattern which can seat 20 people around its perimeter. The room is equipped with an LCD projector and projection screen. To reserve the Schroeder Room, please use the online Room Scheduler.