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SWITCH Library Consortium

What is SWITCH?

SWITCH, which stands for Southeastern Wisconsin Information Technology Exchange, Inc., is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization incorporated by participating Milwaukee-area private colleges in 1988. SWITCH currently has 6 first-class members and 1 second-class member: 

These private colleges serve a diverse student body from traditional age, on-campus students to adult non-traditional students spanning a number of states and countries.

SWITCH facilitates cooperation among its member institutions and investigates, implements, and supports a suite of shared library technologies.

SWITCH implemented its first library automation system in 1991 (Innovative Interfaces being the company).  In June 2015, SWITCH migrated to an open-source platform, Koha, with software support by ByWater Solutions. Since January 2019, SWITCH libraries operate on Ex Libris Group's Alma/Primo VE.

In addition to overseeing an integrated library system, SWITCH manages an inter-institutional delivery system that runs Monday-Friday and provides a hub for state-wide delivery.  SWITCH supports remote access to licensed electronic resources via OCLC's hosted EZ Proxy service. SWITCH also provides a low-cost institutional repository solution through


Katie Utschig: Coordinator of Services

c/o Marvin Schwan Library
Wisconsin Lutheran College
8800 W. Bluemound Rd. 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226-4699

Cell: 414-214-0134