Friends of the Library

Individuals must become a member of Friends of the Library to borrow materials. The annual fee amount varies. Friends have the following library privileges:

The following services are NOT available:

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

Obtaining a card

  • Friends who donate $40 or more annually are entitled to a UW-Madison Libraries Borrowing Card. To become a Friend, go to https://cms.library.wisc.edu/www/friends/ and select “Support the Friends.”
  • After you donate online with a major credit card to the Friends of the Libraries, go to www.go.wisc.edu/borrowcard and fill out the online borrowing card application.  Select “Friends of the Library” as your affiliation. You will receive an email notice when your borrowing card is ready and what you will need to bring with you to pick up your card.
  • 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 December 30 May 30 / 3 renewals
    • Journals 1 day / 2 renewals
    • Government Documents December 30 May 30 / 3 renewals
    • Microforms December 30 May 30 / 3 renewals
    • Videos 14 days / 1 renewal
    • Software 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Audio December 30 May 30 / 3 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 / 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.
  • 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 *
    • Videos 28 days / 12 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 14 days / 1 renewal
    • Software 14 days / 1 renewal
    • Audio 14 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

  • 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.