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 fee-based card. If you have questions, please contact Circulation Support.

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
  • 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
  • Equipment checkout including but not limited to laptops and cameras

Obtaining a Courtesy Community Borrowing Card

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

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