Annual Fee Card Holders

Includes Wisconsin residents (not covered elsewhere)

If you have questions, please contact the Circulation Office in Memorial Library via email.

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

  • On-site library access
  • Borrow UW-Madison materials – see loan periods at right
  • Place Requests to have available physical copies delivered to the campus library of your choice
  • Renew materials
  • Access to databases, full-text, and other digital resources ON campus
  • On-campus guest wireless access
  • Fee-based services

The following services are NOT available:

  • Borrow UW System materials
  • UBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
  • Access to UW-Madison licensed online resources from off campus
  • Remote delivery

Obtaining a card

  • Applications for new and renewal cards must be made online at go.wisc.edu/borrowcard.
  • The annual fee is $40 ($20 for those 62 or older).  Cash is accepted Monday-Friday, 8 am-noon and 1-4 pm. Credit cards (MC and Visa only) are accepted anytime the library is open. The fee will be applied to your library card account once you have completed the online application. Once you receive an email notice that the borrowing card is ready for pick up, you can come into the library to pay the annual fee.
  • You will need to present a current Wisconsin State issued ID (driver’s license or State ID). The address on your ID does not have to match where you reside.
  • All overdue charges and lost book fines must be paid before the card will be issued or renewed.
  • All General Library System cards will be valid one year from the date they are processed. Cards can be renewed 45 days prior to their ending date.
  • Please keep in mind that once your new borrowing card is activated, your previous borrowing card will no longer be valid. Thus, it is imperative once you receive notice your library card is ready that you come and pick it up as soon as possible.

What's your loan period?

  • American Indian Studies Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
  • AMP Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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
  • Art Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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.
  • Business Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Government Documents 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Microforms non-circulating
  • College Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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
  • Ebling Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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.
  • Geology and Geophysics Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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.
  • Historical Society-Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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.
  • Information School Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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
  • Journalism Reading Room keyboard_arrow_up

    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals 3 days / no renewals *
    * Journalism unbound journals do not circulate.
  • Law Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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
  • Memorial Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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.
  • MERIT Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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
  • Mills Music Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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
  • Other UW System Libraries keyboard_arrow_up

    • Books not eligible
    • Journals not eligible
    • Government Documents not eligible
    • Microforms not eligible
    • Videos not eligible
    • Software not eligible
    • Audio not eligible
  • Schwerdtfeger Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • Books 28 days / no renewals
    • Journals 2 hours / no renewals
    • Government Documents 28 days / no renewals
    • Software 28 days / no renewals
  • Social Work Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Microforms 28 days no renewals
    • Videos 7 days / no renewals
    • Audio 7 days / no renewals
  • Steenbock Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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
  • Wisconsin's Water Library keyboard_arrow_up

    • 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.