Borrow, Renew, Request

Books and other materials such as microfilm or DVDs from libraries across campus, from UW-System schools, or from InterLibrary Loan can be delivered for pickup at the Social Science Reference Library.

University of Wisconsin faculty, students, and staff, must present a valid UW ID card in order to check out library materials at the Social Science Reference Library.  All other patrons must present either an annual fee card, a courtesy card, or runner card. For a complete explanation of the university libraries loan policies, please visit the main library page.

Loan Periods & Overdues

To see detailed loan period information, click here.

Most books, DVDs, and microforms circulate to faculty and graduate students for the duration of a semester, with three renewals. For the same materials, undergraduates are usually given a 28 day due date and can use 2 renewals.

Reserve items are available for 2-hour or 3-day loan with no renewals.  Overdue Reserve items will incur $2/hour fine up to a maximum of $50.

DoIT Laptop Fines: DoIT mandates a $20 per day overdue fine for late returned laptops. This fine must be paid before checking out a new laptop. For more information about laptop policies, visit the laptop lending policy page.

Returning Materials

The library participates in the Open Return system on campus. It is perfectly acceptable (and encouraged) for patrons to return books at the SSR Library. All books from other campus libraries will be routed back to the correct library. NOTE: Madison Public Library books CANNOT be returned at the SSR Library.

Renewal and recall procedures

Patrons can renew or request library materials via the online catalog or at the Library’s Circulation Desk. For assistance please call (608) 262-6195. For online assistance go to: renewing library materials, or requesting library materials (for items currently checked out to another patron). Please note that reserve materials cannot be recalled.