Remote Library Services & Research Resources

Many services and materials from the UW-Madison Libraries are still accessible when learning and working remotely.

ASK a Librarian

Have a question? Contact us via chat, email, or text.

Librarian Consultations

Subject librarians with expertise in specific disciplines are available for remote consultations. Email is currently the best method to make contact with your librarian. Librarians may choose to then call you or schedule a virtual consultation with you via a web-conferencing tool(e.g. WebEx).

Support for research is still available remotely. Research Data Services, copyright experts, and others are continuing to do virtual consultations to support campus research.

Our Teaching & Learning librarians are providing support for instruction during this time of disruption.

Online Collections and Materials

The UW-Madison Libraries provide remote access to electronic books, journals, databases, and more for current students and staff.

  • Search our Catalog: Check the “Available Online” box to only get results that are accessible online
  • Choose a Database: We have online databases of scholarly articles, books, media, and more for all disciplines, and almost all of them are available off-campus.
  • View our Digital Collections: The UW Digital Collections (UWDC) is a special collection containing millions of images, books, maps, recordings, and more from UW-System, Wisconsin, and the world.
  • Explore a Subject Guide: Created by librarians, Subject Guides bring together major resources and information on a specific topic (e.g. French revolution) or discipline (e.g. Microbiology).
  • Make a Request: Current students and staff can have articles delivered directly to them via our free Interlibrary Loan service.
  • Special Access to Online Resources in Response to COVID-19: Many publishers and content providers have temporarily unlocked some of their resources to support remote research, teaching, and learning during this period of disruption. These resources may not all be added to our catalog/article search so please refer to this page for access.

If you find you need assistance:

  • Get Help: We have created online video tutorials and guides to help you navigate our resources. You can also always ASK a Librarian for assistance!
  • Remote Access Troubleshooting: Having trouble getting access to online resources from your home? These pages explain how we provide remote access to subscription resources. An active NetID is required for all off-campus access.

Physical Collections

Due Dates, Holds, and Fees

  • UW-Madison and UW System book loans have been extended to October 15 for undergraduates and December 30 for graduate students and staff. Some Interlibrary Loan items and equipment may be due sooner. Check your library account for details.
  • Having loans at the time of graduation does not prevent you from graduating.
  • All registration holds from October 1, 2019 to March 13, 2020 have been removed. No new holds are being placed.
  • The Libraries understand if patrons are unable to return items during this time. We understand that this is a special situation, and special considerations will be made regarding late fees.

Requesting Materials and Interlibrary Loan

Some physical items can be requested for pickup at this time using our Pickup by Appointment service. Other items can be requested for digitization through Interlibrary Loan.

Current students and staff can have articles delivered directly to them via our free Interlibrary Loan service.


If you have concerns about facial covering or building access for pickup appointments, or would like to request specific accommodations, please visit our Accessibility page.

Renew Materials Online

UW-Madison students, staff and other Library Card holders can renew checked out materials online.

Returning Materials

Books and media, including UW-System and Interlibrary Loan materials, should be returned to Memorial, College, or Steenbock Library book returns located near the entrance to each space.

  • If an item is due and you do not want to come to campus to return it (due to illness or other  circumstances), please keep it until you are able to safely return it. If you are charged late/lost item fees, we can remove them upon the item’s return. We understand that this is a special situation, and special considerations will be made.
  • Please do not return equipment (laptops, cameras, headphones, etc.) via the book returns. Any accrued late fees will be removed. Return equipment to the location you checked it out from.
  • Items returned via the book return may remain on your account for some period of time, but late fees will not be assessed.