Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library and donors of $50 or more to the Libraries’ charitable funds are eligible for a Community Borrowing Card. Whether donors give to the Library Impact Fund, the Friends Fund, or any other library fund, they are considered a Friend of the Libraries. Friends 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
  • 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

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

Obtaining an Community Borrowing Card as a Friend of the Library

What's your loan period?

    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Government Documents 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 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Government Documents 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals 14 days / 1 renewal*
    • 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 non-circulating
    • Microforms 28 days / 2 renewals
    † Ebling books published before 1914 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 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 28 days / 2 renewals*
    * Journalism unbound journals do not circulate.
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Government Documents 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Microforms non-circulating
    • Videos non-circulating
    • 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 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Software 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Audio 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Microforms 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Videos 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Software 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Audio 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Books 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Microforms non-circulating
    • Videos 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Software 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Audio 28 days / 2 renewals
    • 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 / 2 renewals
    • Journals non-circulating
    • Microforms non-circulating
    • Videos 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Audio 28 days / 2 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 non-circulating
    • Videos 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Software 28 days / 2 renewals
    • Audio 28 days / 2 renewals
    § Current and unbound journals do not circulate.