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The Cedarholm Library exists to support the research endeavors of our MBU students, staff, and faculty. We also welcome members of the Watertown community.

The library offers access to an extensive catalog of print and electronic resources , as well as a testing center, media center, study rooms and more.

We’re here to help connect you to the resources that you need, when you need them. 



The Cedarholm Library hours change throughout the year. We are closed New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Wed-Fri of Thanksgiving week and Christmas day.


The library is located at 745 West Main Street Watertown, WI, 53094. We are accessed via the main campus entrance. After passing the gymnasium and dining complex on your right, you will see the Cedarholm Library straight ahead. Guests are welcome to park in visitor parking directly in front of the building.


Semester Hours
Day of Week Open Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 7:00 AM 9:30 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM 9:30 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM 9:30 PM
Friday 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM 8:00 PM


Exam Week
Day of Week Open Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 7:00 AM 9:30 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM 9:30 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Saturday Closed


Summer Hours
Day of Week Open Closed
Sunday Closed
Monday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM 4:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Holidays Closed


Library Policies


Phones – When you’re here in the building, please take cell phone conversations to the lobby or a closed room. The phone in the library is not for public use.

Visual Media – The DVDs in our collection are primarily intended for educational purposes. For that reason you can use the video equipment in the library only for class assignments and projects.

Testing Service – The Testing Service is located on the upper level of the Cedarholm Library. Testing hours end one hour before closing. The testing fee is five dollars per test and two dollars per quiz. That fee is waived if you missed the test or quiz for an official school-sponsored event or the Health Center contacts the library to tell us that you were too ill to take the test or quiz.

Study Rooms – Study group areas are available on a first-come first-served basis, or you can reserve one online ahead of time.

Student ID Cards – Student ID cards are issued when you first arrive as a student. Lost cards can be replaced for $15.

Library Materials

General Material – General material includes books, CDs, and DVDs that are not on course reserve or in the Reference section. You can check out up to twenty items of general material for three weeks at a time. After that you can renew them for one week. If you don’t return the books by their due date, we charge twenty-five cents per day until you return the book.

Special Equipment – We have a number of special equipment items available for check-out. These include overhead projectors, easels, etc. and are located in the Media Center. You are allowed to check out special equipment for the entirety of the day on which you check it out. If you do not return items by the due time, we will charge twenty-five cents per hour.

Course Reserve – Your professor might set a book (or several) aside for his or her class to use. These are called course reserve materials. If an item is on course reserve you can check it out somewhere between seven days to just overnight. The library staff who checks out your material will let you know how long you have. You can check out up to three items per class, but you can’t renew these items. We need to let others use this limited material. If you don’t return the book by its due date, we charge you one dollar per day.

Library Use Only – Some materials are designated library use only. This would include materials in the Reference section and Heritage Room collection. If you check out library use only items, you can do so for only two hours. You cannot renew these items. And if you don’t return items designated library use only by the due time, we charge twenty-five cents per hour.

Item Procedures

  Checking Out an Item – When you check out an item, bring your ID card. Make sure only you use your ID card to check out items. Don’t give it to someone else. If someone else checks out items with your card, you are responsible for what happens. The same holds true if you check out an item and then loan it to a friend. If he doesn’t return it on time, you are responsible to pay the fine.

Renewing an Item – You can renew your checked-out item in person, by phone, or by email on or before the due date. We send you an e-mail a few days before the due date with a link you can follow to renew your item.

Item’s Due Date – Make sure you return your item to the library by closing time on the day it’s due. If you need to return your item while the library is closed you can use the drop box outside. However, please return kits, DVDs, and CDs inside the library at the Circulation Desk to avoid damaging these items.

Overdue Items – You can check out new items only after you’ve returned all overdue items and paid all fines on your account.

Putting an Item on Hold – Occasionally, you might want to check out an item only to discover it’s already checked out. In this case you can put a hold on the item. You can do this from the Catalog or at the Circulation Desk. When the item returns we notify you and hold the book for two days. If you don’t check it out during that time it is returned to the shelf for others to use. You can place a hold on any materials except reserve items.

Damaged Item – If you damage the item you checked out, we will charge you a fine for its repair or, if needed, replacement.

Lost Item – Report an item as lost as soon as you know it’s lost. When you do this it stops your fine from accruing. If you keep a book for six weeks we automatically consider it lost. If you lose an item, we charge you any fines accrued, the actual replacement cost, and the shipping and handling fee. 

Library Recall – In rare and special situations the Circulation Supervisor may recall an item after it has been out at least 2 weeks. You’ll have 24 hours to return the recalled item. If it’s not returned in that time we may need to assess a fine.