Library Policies

Conduct: Users of Information School Library are expected to follow the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries Code of Conduct.
Noise Levels: The Information School Library is not a quiet library; however, do be considerate of other patrons. Please set your phone to silent or vibrate and take calls in the hallway. There are headphones available for use at the circulation desk if you wish to listen to music or play video on computers.
Quiet Study Areas: The area located on the northwestern side of the library is designated as a quiet study area. We ask that groups do not work in this area.
Food and Drink in the Library: Food is permitted in the library.
Stand Alone Computer Use: The computers located near the circulation desk are meant for short-term use (approximately 15 minutes or less). Please move to a computer lab for longer computing needs.
Computer Lab Use: Computer Lab policies are detailed fully on this page.

Circulation Policies

Materials may be checked out with a UW-Madison ID, Affiliate Borrowing card or an Annual Fee Card. For more information on UW Libraries borrowing privileges see the UW Libraries Borrowing information page.
Periodicals, closed reserve materials, reference books, and various special collection materials (see Collections) do not circulate out of the library.
New books are displayed on the New Book Shelf just inside the entrance to the library and may be checked out for two weeks.

Type Loan Period Call Numbers
General Collection Most Users*: a semester loan with 2 renewals .001–999
Children and Young Adult Collection Most Users: a semester loan with 2 renewals C+ A–Z,

C+ .001–999

Theses/Dissertations Most Users: a semester loan with 2 renewals THESIS


Video/DVD Most Users: a semester loan with 2 renewals Video Disc


New Books 2 weeks with no renewals Call numbers may vary
Picture Books 1 week with no renewals C++ A–Z
Closed Reserves 2 hours; in library use only Call numbers may vary
Open Reserves Varies: 1 day for class texts and generally 1 week for other materials Call numbers may vary
tablets, laptops, etc. 7 days N/A

* UW Faculty/Staff have semester loan privileges.

Renewing, Recalling & Returning

You may renew Information School Library materials by any of the following methods.
Library Catalog: Your Library Catalog Account
In person: present the title and/or barcode number for each item you wish to renew. You can bring the books themselves or your overdue notices to the Information School Library Circulation Desk.
Telephone: (608) 263-2960 (make sure to have your items readily available)

Most items may be recalled for use by another patron. Each patron is guaranteed at least two weeks’ use of general circulation items as well as has the right to acquire an item in general circulation with no more than a two week waiting period. Use the Library Catalog to place a recall request.
Information School Library is a participant of the UW Libraries Open Return System, meaning most items can be returned to libraries across campus. Reserve items must be returned to the Information School Library.