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a coffee shop and intellectual gathering place


Welcome to the virtual home of the Wise Owl Café, a coffee shop and intellectual gathering place in the basement of Walter Library. Walter Library has always been a space for research, discovery, and learning. The new Wise Owl Café seeks to expand this tradition! More than a place for coffee and snacks, Wise Owl Café will display student work and host events and exhibits on issues of interest to the U of M community.

Food & Drink

Java City coffee and espresso drinks to enjoy with our sandwiches, salads, yogurt, sushi and bakery items.


Popular Reading Collection

The hectic pace of academic life can be stressful--and what better way to refresh and renew than to enjoy a beverage and a bit of light reading? The Popular Reading Collection in the Wise Owl Café is a circulating collection of popular fiction and nonfiction. The collection is accessible anytime the library is open. Planning a trip to the Wise Owl? Curious to know in advance what's available in the Popular Reading Collection? Go here to browse and search titles. Collection materials rotate quarterly, and new titles are added monthly.


Throughout the year the Library will be sponsoring displays in the cafe designed to stimulate thought and conversation. Stop by and check it out.


Contact: Jerilyn Veldof