Community Borrowing Card Holders (Courtesy)

Community Borrowing Cards are provided at no cost to current members of these groups:

  • Students, staff, and faculty of Big Ten Academic Alliance member institutions
  • Students, staff, and faculty of Beloit College, Madison (Area Technical) College, and Edgewood College
  • Staff and faculty of OCLC reciprocal faculty borrowing member institutions
  • Some Wisconsin private college and university faculty
  • PLATO (Participatory Learning and Teaching Organization) Members
  • Employees of the City of Madison, Dane County, and State of Wisconsin (excludes limited term employees)
  • Wisconsin public school 4K-12 educators and staff
  • Members of native nations located within the United States
  • UW-Madison faculty, staff, or student’s spouse or domestic partner

Members of the public and UW-Madison alumni not affiliated in an above category should apply for a feebased card. If you have questions, please contact Circulation Support via email.

Courtesy Community Borrowing Card card holders may 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 50 requests
  • Loan renewals
  • On-campus access to databases, full-text electronic materials, and other digital resources
  • Oncampus 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

Obtaining a Courtesy Community Borrowing Card

  • Applications for new and renewal cards must be made online at go.wisc.edu/borrowcard. Please select your affiliation category in the online application. Some affiliations have additional verification requirements that are listed in the application.

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
    • Tools 3 Days
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals †
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Government Documents Audiovisual: 14 days / 1 renewal Print: 28 days / 2 renewals
    • 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.