UW System Search: This link enables you to search the entire University of Wisconsin Library System.
The catalog is very similar to the UW-Madison search, but includes items from all the other campuses in it's search as well. For a guided tutorial on how to use the search, watch the video that is located under the Universal Borrowing (UB) Requests tab.
All University of Wisconsin Students, Faculty and Staff can request items from other UW-campuses. All that is required is your NetId (for the new Library Catalog) OR your 16 digit barcode that is found on your Wiscard (for the old MadCat catalog).
There are a variety of factors that determine how quickly an item is delivered. It depends on if the item is on the shelf, how often our delivery system picks up the requests, and how many requests the library is receiving that day. The library staff always strives to make your items available as quickly as possible, and most Universal Borrowing Requests are ready within a week of the request. If you have questions about a particular item that seems to be taking longer than usual, call our circulation desk at 262-1128 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Universal Borrowing items are checked out for the same amount of time as UW-Madison items. Graduate students (including Law students) can check out books for a semester loan. For example, if you check a book out on September 23rd, you would have that book until December 30th. The only exception is if the book is recalled by another person. This changes the due date to two weeks from the date of the recall.
Yes! You can renew Universal Borrowing items twice, as long as nobody else is recalling it.
You can choose which location you would like to pick up your items. The Law Circ Desk is the most common location for law students and staff. All holds are kept behind the circulation desk once they are received. The circulation desk is located on the fifth floor of the law school library, right near the entrance.
Once an item is ready to be picked up, you will receive a notification email. Remember, we will hold your request for one week! If the item is not picked up within that time, we will send it back to the owning library, or on to the next person on the request list. If you cannot pick up the request within a week, email us at email@example.com and we may be able to accommodate you.
A request can be cancelled for a number of reasons. The item may not be available, or it may be missing. If you requested an item that was currently checked out, then perhaps the item was not returned in a timely manner. If your request is cancelled, then you will receive an email notification explaining why it was cancelled. You can either re-request the item, try to get the item via interlibrary loan, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help or clarification.
Yes, Universal Borrowing items can accrue overdue fines. The charges are the same as for UW-Madison items. Lost items will be assessed by the owning library and the patron is responsible for these charges.
Your Library Catalog account is the place to check for what items you have checked out, as well as their due dates. You can also renew items there, and see what items you have requested. To log in, go to the UW Madison Libraries homepage, and click on "my accounts" in the top right hand corner. Once you have entered your NetId and password, you can review your account. If you have questions, please email us at email@example.com.
If you cannot find the item you need in the UW system, then it is time to request an interlibrary loan. Click on the "Interlibrary Loan Requests" tab above to watch a video tutorial on how to make your request.