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Mills Music Library

You must find materials before you may borrow them, make use of them in the library, or access them online. Start with the Library Catalog to find materials in UW-Madison or UW System libraries. The Library Catalog also contains links to many online resources.

To renew UW-Madison items, login to your Library Catalog account and select the item(s) to be renewed, then click Renew. See Renew Materials for more details.

You may also request materials be held for you, or delivered to the campus library of your choice, via the Library Catalog. An email notification will be sent when the materials are ready for pickup. See Request Materials for more details.

University of Wisconsin-Madison students, staff, and faculty must present a valid UW-Madison ID in order to check out library materials. Audiovisual materials and course reserve items should be checked out at the Mills Music Library Desk; all circulating print materials are checked out at the Memorial Library Circulation Desk. All other patrons must present either an Annual Fee Card, a Courtesy Card, or a Friends of the Library Card, obtained by submitting the online Community Borrowing Card Application/Renewal Form. Please note: it will take 3 business days to process applications and renewals. You will receive an email when your card is ready for pick-up, and you will be able to pick-up the card any time Memorial Library is open.

Loan Periods

Mills Music Library has generous loan policies to encourage use.

Patron type Item type Loan
Graduate Students, Staff & Faculty Books, Scores, Audiovisual December 30 / May 30; 3 renewals
Undergraduates, Other Patrons Books, Scores, Audiovisual 28 days; 1 renewal
All Patrons Journals, Reference Collection, Special Collections,
and most items cataloged in M1, M2, and M3
No loan; in-house use only
UW-Madison Students Reserves 2 hours; no renewal; in-house use only
All Patrons Microforms 2 hours; no renewal; in-house use only

For more information, see the borrowing page on the UW-Madison libraries website.