How To Get Materials

Books and Entire Serials

Requests for books and entire journal volumes should be made through Place Requests in the Library Catalog.

Please note that journal volumes will be routed to your designated campus library for in-house, short-term use at that location. Articles and Book Chapters are requested by using Interlibrary Loan.

If you are not eligible for Interlibrary Loan, are not affiliated with UW-Madison, please use this request form.

Articles and Book Chapters

The UW-Madison Libraries will electronically deliver articles and book chapters to registered students or employed faculty/staff of the UW-Madison.

Before you request something, check the Library Catalog or Citation Search. We may already provide immediate access.

  1. Login to Interlibrary Loan (formerly Library Express)
  2. Choose Request an article or other copy
  3. Complete the Request form (You will not be asked for a mailing address. Articles and Book Chapters will be scanned, converted to pdf format, and delivered electronically.)

Not Affiliated with UW-Madison?

Academic, Public, and Special Libraries

We provide book loans and photocopying services to libraries.

Academic, public or special libraries may send either OCLC requests (symbol “GZM”) or webform requests (if OCLC is not an option for your institution). If your institution needs a webform login, please contact us at

Fee-based Services for Corporate / Private Libraries and Businesses

Several UW-Madison libraries offer for-fee services, including “rush” requests.

Visitors to Campus

UW-Madison campus library visitors may borrow library materials subject to their current residence and affiliation.

Wisconsin Residents | Non-Residents

Place your book/article requests for UW-Madison materials through your local campus library, corporate library or public library. Or, contact one of the UW-Madison fee-based document delivery services.