Borrowing Policies

In order to borrow materials from any UW-Madison library, you must present a valid UW-Madison ID, a UW System ID, or a General Library Borrower’s Card.

Select a category below to see information on library privileges and loan periods. Not sure of your category? See this detailed list.

If you have questions, please contact the UW-Madison Libraries Circulation Office in Memorial Library by calling (608) 263-7360, 8 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m., Monday – Friday, or by email.


UW System

Friends of the UW-Madison Library

Other Wisconsin Connections

  • Courtesy Card Holders
    Includes Beloit College, MATC and Edgewood faculty, staff & students, some visiting scholars, city/county/state employees, Wisconsin public school K-12 educators, spouse/domestic partner/child of UW-Madison faculty, staff or student, etc.
  • Annual Fee Card Holders
    Wisconsin residents (not covered elsewhere)

Patrons of Other Libraries

  • Patrons of other libraries make requests to borrow materials through their local library.
  • OCLC and BTAA faculty from other institutions must bring a photo ID and the card given by the home institution to the Card Application Window at Memorial Library to obtain a borrowing card. UW-Madison Faculty who wish to borrow from OCLC or BTAA institutions need to contact the circulation office.