Who Can Borrow
UW-Madison users may borrow materials with one of the following:
Wiscard (UW-Madison ID Card) University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty, staff, students, affiliates, and other appointments may obtain a valid Wiscard at the Wiscard Office (Memorial Union).
Faculty Proxy/Runner Card
Faculty members of UW-Madison may authorize a currently enrolled student or currently employed UW staff member to charge out books for them from the Ebling Library or other campus libraries. To designate a library proxy, a faculty/staff member must submit a proxy authorization request form.
Visitors may borrow library materials with one of the following:
UW-Madison General Library System Card
Annual Fee Card and Courtesy Card holders are eligible to borrow materials from the Ebling Library.
UW System ID Card
Faculty, staff and students from any UW System Campus may borrow materials with their valid University ID.
Health Patron Card
Wisconsin Resident with photo ID and proof of Wisconsin residency or UW Hospital Visiting Doctor/Scholar with UW Hospital photo ID. Apply for a Health Patron Card at our service desk.
Open Return Library
Books on regular loan can be returned at any other Open Return Library. [more]
Where to Search for Materials
- Search the UW-Madison Library Catalog.
- Use Article and Book Delivery (to request an interlibrary loan if the item is not located via UW-Madison or UW-System).
Loan Periods & Renewals
- Books can be checked out for a semester by UW faculty, staff and graduate students, and for 28 days for all others.
- Reference items, reserve materials and books published before 1914 cannot be checked out.
- See chart below for loan periods for all types of materials.
- The number of renewals depends on the patron category and the type of material.
- All items are subject to recall.
Books, Microforms and AV Materials
Reserves, Headphones and Calculators
|Faculty, Staff, or Graduate Student|
Includes Affiliate or Other Appointment
Dec 30/May 30
2 hour or 3 day
2 hour or 3 day
|Health Patron or Fee Card Holder|
2 hour or 3 day
Overdues & Lost Items
Lost an Item?
Prior to paying any lost item replacement fees, please contact Joseph King at (608) 262-6914 to discuss payment options. We will assist you with alternatives such as locating replacement copies or in some instances reduction to the default $100 replacement fee.
Overdue & Replacement Fines
The Ebling Library cannot process your fine payment. See Fines for information about how and where to pay your fine, or contact Circulation Support.
But I Returned That!
Receive an overdue/lost item notification for something you have already returned? From time-to-time, materials are not properly discharged and removed from your record. If your Library Catalog account record lists an item that you have returned as still being checked out to you, please complete this form, or call us at (608) 262-2020. Library staff will attempt to locate the missing item in order to clear it from your library record.
How to Request or Recall an Item
From the Library Catalog
- Search for the item in the Library Catalog.
- Display the single record.
- Click on Place Requests and follow the on-screen instructions. [more help]
Can't Find an Item on the Shelf?
Does the Library Catalog say it's not checked out, but you can't find it on the shelf? Let us find it for you!
Library staff will search for the missing item for 3 days and contact you by email when the item has either been located or declared missing.
- If found, we will hold the item for you at our service desk for a period of 10 days after you have been contacted.
- If the item is missing and you indicated that we should obtain this item from another library, we will request the item for you via Article & Book Delivery and let you know when it is available for pickup.
UW-Madison faculty and staff can authorize currently enrolled students or currently employed UW-Madison staff members to charge out books for them from any UW-Madison campus library.
How it Works
The proxy uses his/her own UW ID to check out materials and tells library staff at the circulation desk that the materials should be charged under the proxy relationship. The materials are then charged directly to the authorizing individual's ID number.
A proxy may also request materials for a faculty/staff member via the Article & Book Delivery service. Electronic Delivery notifications will be sent to the email address specified by the authorizing individual.
To designate a library proxy, complete the proxy authorization request form below.