Friends of the Library

Individuals must become a member of Friends of the Library to borrow materials. The annual fee amount varies. Friends have the following library privileges:

The following services are NOT available:

  • Borrow UW System materials
  • UBorrow and Interlibrary Loan
  • Access to UW-Madison licensed online resources from off-campus

Obtaining a card

  • Friends who donate $40 or more annually are entitled to a UW-Madison Libraries Borrowing Card. To become a Friend, go to https://www.library.wisc.edu/friends/ and select “Support the Friends.”
  • After you donate online with a major credit card to the Friends of the Libraries, go to www.go.wisc.edu/borrowcard and fill out the online borrowing card application.  Select “Friends of the Library” as your affiliation. You will receive an email notice when your borrowing card is ready and what you will need to bring with you to pick up your card.
  • All General Library System borrowing cards are valid through June 30th of the current fiscal year.  Card renewals begin on June 1st each year.
  • Please keep in mind that once your new borrowing card is activated, your previous borrowing card will no longer be valid.  Thus, it is imperative once you receive notice your library card is ready that you come and pick it up as soon as possible