Services for Visitors

The Cofrin Library welcomes visitors to use our collections and resources. While on campus, you can browse our stacks and use our visitor-designated computer stations. You can use Search@UW, which includes our books, videos, and other collections, via the internet from on and off-campus. While visiting the library, you can search our databases from a campus computer. These databases are not accessible from off-campus unless you are a UWGB student, faculty, or staff member, though most Wisconsin residents have access to some of our databases through BadgerLink, a statewide initiative providing access to licensed content not available through regular search engines, including newspapers, books, multimedia, and more.


Printing and photocopying are available through the purchase of a guest card at the Value Transfer Station on the 3rd floor. Guest Cards cost $0.60 and do not expire. The machine accepts cash only and does not give change. For more information about printing, see Printers, Copiers & Technology.

The Library offers a print service where staff will retrieve and copy items for $0.50 per page. For more information about this service, please contact the Public Services department on the 3rd floor of the Library or by phone at (920) 465-2540. Please note that larger formats such as newspapers and oversized books may require more than one sheet of paper to duplicate each page. Copies exceeding copyright restrictions will be refused.

Borrowing Cards

If you are interested in checking out materials we have a variety of visitor cards to select from based on your situation. Most visitors qualify for a NEW ERA borrowing card.

NEW ERA (Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance)

Persons 18 years or older residing in Wisconsin can apply for a free NEW ERA library card by presenting a valid Wisconsin picture ID or driver's license and proof of a current address at our 3rd floor Public Services Desk. Cards are valid for one year from the application date. After one year, cards can be renewed by contacting the Public Services department. Your NEW ERA card allows you to check out up to 10 books at any one time. Items typically check out for 28 days and can be renewed twice unless requested by another patron.

Acceptable proofs of address include:

  • State issued photo ID with current name and address listed
  • Posted mail with your current name
  • Utility Bill
  • Lease or other housing Agreement
  • Voter Registration Card
  • College Enrollment Papers
  • A check with your printed name and address
  • Bank Statement
  • Opting to receive your card in the mail

As a NEW ERA member, you are able to use your card at any of the following NEW ERA member libraries: College of Menominee Nation, Fox Valley Technical College, Lakeshore Technical College, Moraine Park Technical College, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, UW-Extension, UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Fox Valley, UW-Manitowoc, UW-Marinette, UW-Oshkosh, and UW-Sheboygan.

If you do not qualify for this card, please check out other categories for eligibility or contact the Public Services department by e-mail or call 920-465-2540.

NEWIL (Northeast Wisconsin Intertype Libraries)

Northeast Wisconsin Intertype Libraries (NEWIL) is a consortium of libraries serving Brown, Door, Florence, Kewaunee, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, and Shawano counties. NEWIL libraries can issue courtesy cards to their users which enables them to check out materials from other member libraries. This is a single purpose card to be used once. This card must be presented to Cofrin Library staff when you wish to check out materials. Many area public and school libraries are members of NEWIL. To find out if your library or school is part of the NEWIL consortium visit the NEWIL members webpage.

UW Students, Faculty, or Staff

If you work at or attend another UW college or university, you may check out materials at our library using your UW ID. You may also use the Get It service through Search@UW to request UWGB items to be delivered to your home UW library for your use.