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Persons not affiliated with UW-Madison may borrow books and other items for an annual fee of $50, or $25 for patrons 62 and older. Complimentary borrowing privileges are granted to some members of affiliated organizations, as well as spouses and domestic partners of current students, staff, and faculty. See this page for additional courtesy card information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Privileges include borrowing materials from any campus library, including Wisconsin Historical Society. Borrowing Card holders may also place requests in the catalog for pick up at the campus library of their choice. This card does not provide off-campus access to electronic content such as databases and e-journals. Borrowing from off-campus libraries via interlibrary loan is also not offered.
Complete the application below to apply for or renew your Community Borrowing Card. Cards may take up to 7 days to process. All overdue charges and lost book fines must be paid before the card will be issued or renewed.
You will be notified when the card is available for pickup at Memorial Library. For Annual Fee Cards, you will receive an email link to pay the fee online prior to picking up the card. Any additional verification requirements will be listed once you select your affiliation in the application below. All applicants are required to present a current government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport, or tribal photo ID) when picking up their card.
Cards are valid for one year from the creation date of the card.
You can renew a card up to 45 days prior to the card expiration date. Renewal cards will have a year added on to the end of the current membership year. For example, if a card expiring September 30 is renewed on September 13, the card will expire September 30 of the following year.
Once your new borrowing card is activated, your previous borrowing card will no longer be valid. Thus, it is imperative that once you receive notice your borrowing card is ready, you come and pick it up in order to continue accessing your account.
All borrowers must have an email address in order to receive borrowing privileges at the UW-Madison Libraries. If your email address changes, please contact Circulation Support at email@example.com.