UW–Madison Libraries Services during COVID–19

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Borrow, Renew, Request

University of Wisconsin students, staff, and faculty must present a valid UW ID card in order to check out library materials at the Astronomy Library Circulation Desk. All other patrons must present either an annual fee card, a courtesy card, or runner card obtained from Memorial Library.

Loan Periods

To see detailed loan period information, click here.

For items on Reserve:

Reserve Items Loan Period Overdue Fines
Books for Undergraduate Courses:
Astronomy 100 – Astronomy 400
2 hours / 1 renewal $2.00 / hour
Maximum fine: $35.00 per item
Books for Graduate Courses:
Astronomy 500 – Astronomy 900
1 day / 1 renewal $5.00 / day
Maximum fine: $35.00 per item

There is no limit to the number of items that UW-Madison patrons can check out. Some limits (for UW System items) apply.

Lost Items & Fines

Fines on library items may be paid in person at Memorial Library, online, by phone, or by mail. More information is available on the Libraries’ Fines page.  Please note that the Astronomy Library cannot accept payments for any fines.

Lost Items

If the material is not located, the minimum replacement charge is $100.00. If the library material is returned after the replacement charge has been assessed, the replacement charge will be cancelled or refunded. In certain instances, a new replacement copy of the lost item may be accepted instead of the replacement charge.


Any library fine may be appealed. To appeal a fine, use the Appeal of Library Charges form.

Non-payment Penalties

If you do not pay your charges, the following may happen:

  • You may not be able to register for classes
  • Your diploma may be withheld
  • Your transcript may be withheld

Recalling Library Materials

All Astronomy Library books are subject to recall after two weeks, regardless of due date. If an Astronomy Library book is checked out we strongly recommend that you recall it. You can recall library materials yourself through the Library Catalog or Astronomy Library staff will be happy to recall materials for you. Requesting a book through the UW System catalog (available through the Library Catalog) is a good alternative to recalling a book. You may wish to see if another copy is available from a UW System school before recalling a UW-Madison book.

You have 10 days to return a recalled item. Your patron record is blocked if you do not return a recalled item. The block will be lifted once the overdue recalled item(s) has been returned.