Universal Borrowing is a free service that allows UW-Whitewater students, faculty, and staff to obtain books, VHS tapes, DVDs, CDs, government documents, and other items from other UW System libraries. The lending library ultimately determines which materials are lent, but generally reference, periodicals, and special collections items may not be borrowed.
Materials not available from another UW library can be requested from another library using Interlibrary Loan (ILL).
Universal Borrowing requests can be made online through the library catalog. In most cases, materials take 2-5 days to arrive. You can track the progress of your UB requests via your personal record and you will be sent an email when the item arrives. Once received, materials are kept at the Circulation Desk for 10 days and are returned if not picked up.
Students may borrow materials for 28 days and renew their items once, unless another patron has requested the item. Staff and Faculty may borrow UB materials for a semester, and are allowed one or two renewals (depending on the lending library). All renewals must be done online by accessing your personal record. Questions related to overdue notices or renewing UB items should be directed to the Circulation Department of the Lending UW Library.
Instructions for submitting UB requests
- Start with a Universal Borrowing Search.
- Enter terms in the search box with "UW System Libraries Catalog" selected from the drop down menu and click "Search". For more options click "Advanced Search"
- Select the desired item and click "Request".
- Click the login link and follow the directions, if already logged in skip to next step
- Select Library and Pickup Library
- Click on "Create UB Request".
- You will see a note if the request was successful.
UW Libraries participating in Universal Borrowing
|Colleges||list of UW Colleges|
|Eau Claire-McIntyre Library||John McCrakin||MCCRACJM@uwec.edu; (715)-836-3872|
|Green Bay- Cofrin Library||Jeff Brunneremail@example.com; (920)-465-2385|
|La Crosse-Murphy Library||Dwayne Webbfirstname.lastname@example.org; (608)-785-8524|
|Madison **||Dineen Grow (Memorial Library)||email@example.com; (608)-263-1721|
|Milwaukee-Golda Meir Library||Aaron Dobbsfirstname.lastname@example.org; (414)-229-5410|
|Oshkosh-Polk Library||Eric Graczkowskiemail@example.com; (920)-424-7314|
|Parkside University Library||Marilyn Pinzgerfirstname.lastname@example.org; (262)-595-2166|
|Platteville-Karmann Library||Vicki Chaseemail@example.com; (608)-342-1679|
|River Falls-Davee Library||Serena Weberfirstname.lastname@example.org; (715)-425-3321|
|Stevens Point-University Library||Andy Pechemail@example.com; (715)-346-4214|
|Stout-University Library||Josh Steansfirstname.lastname@example.org; (715)-232-1112|
|Superior-Jim Dan Hill||Lori Hughesemail@example.com; (715)-394-8130|
|** Not all UW-Madison Libraries participate in UB lending.|