Community Borrowing Card Holders (Annual Fee)

Includes members of the public not covered elsewhere.

If you have questions, please contact Circulation Support via email.

Annual fee card holders use the card issued to borrow UW-Madison materials and have the following library privileges:

  • Access to campus libraries and physical collections
  • Loans of UW-Madison items, up to 999 items. See loan periods below.
  • Requests of UW-Madison physical materials to be picked up at the campus library of choice, up to 5 requests at one time.
  • Loan renewals
  • On-campus access to databases, full-text electronic materials, and other digital resources
  • On-campus guest wireless access

The following services are NOT available:

  • Off-campus access to UW-Madison licensed electronic resources
  • UW System materials
  • Interlibrary loan or requesting from other institutions
  • Remote Delivery

UW-Madison also offers some fee-based services to the public.

Obtaining an Annual Fee Community Borrowing Card

  • Applications for new and renewal cards must be made online at go.wisc.edu/borrowcard.
  • The annual fee is $50 ($25 for those 62 or older). The fee will be applied to your library card account once you have completed the online application, and you will receive an email invoice to pay for the card online.

What's your loan period?

    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals 1 day / 2 renewals
    • Government Documents 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Microforms 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Videos 14 days / 1 renewal
    • Software 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Audio 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals 7 days / no renewals *
    • Microforms non-circulating
    • Videos non-circulating
    • Software non-circulating
    * Art Library unbound journals do not circulate.
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Government Documents 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Microforms non-circulating
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals in-library use only
    • Videos 28 days / 2 renewals; Open Book Collection: 14 days / 1 renewal
    • Software 28 days / 2 renewals; Open Book Collection: Games: 14 days / 1 renewal
    • Audio Music CDs: 28 days / 2 renewals; Audio Books: 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Tools 3 Days
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals †
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Government Documents Audiovisual: 14 days / 1 renewal Print: 28 days / 1 renewal
    • Microforms 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Videos 14 days / 1 renewal
    • Software 14 days / 1 renewal
    • Audio 14 days / 1 renewal
    † Ebling books published before 1914 do not circulate.
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals 7 days / 1 renewal *
    • Government Documents 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Microforms 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Videos 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Software 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Audio 28 days / 2 renewals
    * Geology unbound journals do not circulate.
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals ∆
    • Journals 28 days / 2 renewals *∆
    • Government Documents 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Microforms 28 days / 2 renewals ∆
    • Videos 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Software varies / ask library staff for assistance
    * Historical unbound journals do not circulate. ∆ Historical genealogical books, journals, & microforms do not circulate.
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Microforms 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Videos 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Software 3 days / 2 renewals
    • Audio 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals 3 days / no renewals *
    * Journalism unbound journals do not circulate.
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Government Documents 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Microforms 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Videos 3 days / no renewals
    • Software varies / ask library staff for assistance
    • Audio varies / ask library staff for assistance
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals 28 days / 2 renewals ‡
    • Microforms varies / ask library staff for assistance
    • Videos 14 days / 1 renewal
    • Software 14 days / 1 renewal
    • Audio 14 days / 1 renewal
    ‡ Journals with call numbers beginning with AP: Journals at least 10 years old circulate for 7 days with no renewals. Newer journals do not circulate.
    • Books December 30 May 30 / 3 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Microforms 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Videos 14 days / 2 renewals
    • Software 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Audio 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Microforms 2 hours / no renewals, in-house use only
    • Videos 28 days / 1 renewal
    • Software 28 days / 1 renewal
    • Audio 28 days / 1 renewal
    • Books not eligible
    • Journals not eligible
    • Government Documents not eligible
    • Microforms not eligible
    • Videos not eligible
    • Software not eligible
    • Audio not eligible
    • Books 28 days / no renewals
    • Journals 2 hours / no renewals
    • Government Documents 28 days / no renewals
    • Software 28 days / no renewals
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Microforms 28 days no renewals
    • Videos 7 days / no renewals
    • Audio 7 days / no renewals
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Government Documents 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Microforms non-circulating
    • Videos 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Software 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Audio 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals 28 days / 2 renewals §
    • Government Documents 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Microforms 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Videos 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Software 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Audio 28 days / 2 renewals
    § Current and unbound journals do not circulate.