Borrower Services  

Steenbock Stack Materials

To borrow stack materials (most books, documents and audiovisuals) found in the Library Catalog, take them to the Circulation/Reserves Desk located on the entrance level (2nd floor). Loan periods for Steenbock materials vary. Materials may be borrowed by presenting:

  • a valid UW-Madison ID card
  • a UW-Madison General Library System card including faculty runners (see link to the left)
  • a valid UW System ID
  • a Steenbock Library card is available to Wisconsin residents who are not affiliated with the UW System. Apply at the Steenbock Circulation Desk on 2nd floor, and show a Wisconsin driver's license or Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation photo ID.
  • NOTE: The Steenbock Library card is only good at Steenbock and only for Steenbock materials.

You may also request Steenbock stack materials be retrieved from the shelf and delivered to the campus library most convenient to you.

If the item you need has the status "checked out" in the Library Catalog, you may try a UW System search and borrow the item from another UW campus.

Steenbock Reserve Materials

Reserve materials are print books and audiovisuals that instructors have asked us to set aside for the use of students in specific courses. To find out what's in our reserve area, check the Library Course Page for the course in MyUW or Learn@UW. Reserved books owned by the Libraries may also be found in the Library Catalog by selecting the Course Reserve search.

To borrow reserve materials go to the Circulation/Reserves Desk located on the entrance level (2nd floor). Loan periods vary. Materials may be borrowed by presenting:

  • a valid UW-Madison ID card
  • a UW-Madison General Library System card including faculty runners (see link at left)
  • a valid UW System ID
  • a Steenbock Library card is available to Wisconsin residents who are not affiliated with the UW System. Apply at the Steenbock Circulation Desk on 2nd floor, and show a Wisconsin driver's license or Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation photo ID.
  • NOTE: The Steenbock card is only good at Steenbock and only for Steenbock materials.

Interlibrary Loans / Holds

Books and other materials sent from other libraries to Steenbock Library for pickup will be held at the Circulation/Reserves Desk located on the entrance level (2nd floor). The usual forms of identification are required for check out.

This includes:

  • Items requested using "Place Requests" in the Library Catalog
  • Items borrowed from other libraries.

Loan periods for materials borrowed from off-campus libraries are determined by the lending library. More on the Libraries' article and book delivery services.

Notices about electronic copies of articles or book chapters requested through Interlibrary Loan are sent to your email. Or login to check on request status.

Office Book Delivery Service

Steenbock Library is participating in a pilot project to deliver books directly to campus offices via Interdepartmental Mail.

  • Only faculty and academic staff are eligible for office delivery.
  • Service is limited to books from the collections of Steenbock Library. Books from other campus libraries and non-book material (e.g.,journals, microfilm) cannot be delivered.
  • Only five items may be requested per day.
  • There is no return service; please return books to the most convenient campus library.

Steenbock Book Delivery Request

    Completed Online Request Forms received by 10:00 am Monday through Friday, will be sent out the same day. Items should be delivered within three business days.

    You will receive an email either confirming that the item has been checked out to you and shipped or the status of your request if the item is not available.

    We value your feedback. Please let us know what you think of the service and how it can be improved by filling out the User Comments form, or filling out the form that is included in each delivered book.

Laptops & Other Equipment

Available Laptops

Other equipment available at Steenbock Library

Renew Materials

Renew -To extend the loan period of items you currently have checked out.

  • Log in to your Library Catalog account, check the box next to the item and click renew. For Steenbock Library card holders, use My MadCat.
  • Stop by the Steenbock Library Circulation Desk with the item. You'll need your valid UW-Madison ID, Steenbock Library card, or General Library System card.

Two renewals for undergrad/other and six for faculty/staff and graduate students are allowed unless item is recalled.

Recall Materials

Recall - To request an item currently checked out be returned and held for you. You will be notified by email when it is available.

  • Find the item in the Library Catalog. (Items from other UW System libraries may not be recalled.)
  • Click Sign In to Place Request if you haven't logged in, select your location and enter your UW-Madison NetID and last name. (For Steenbock Library card holders, use My MadCat.)
  • Select Place Request in the upper right.
  • Select your preferred Pickup Location from the dropdown menu.

  • The original due date is modified and typically results in a shortened loan period. However, the current borrower may keep the item for at least 14 days. The current borrower will be notified by email and informed of the new due date and asked to return the item. Once returned, the item is held at the preferred library and an email notifies the person issuing the recall that it is available for pick-up.

 

Return Materials/Recalled Items

Returning Items to Steenbock

Materials may be returned to the Steenbock book drops (outside) and inside at the Steenbock Circulation/Reserves desk (2nd floor).

Return all Steenbock reserves material to the Steenbock Circulation/Reserves Desk during library open hours. When the library is closed, use the Steenbock outside book drop (near 2nd floor entrance).

Return journals directly to the Steenbock Circulation/Reserves desk.

Recalled Items

Recalled items should be returned to the library they were borrowed from in order to avoid a potential fine.

Returning Items to Other Campus Libraries

Books on regular loan, including those borrowed via Interlibrary Loan (formerly Library Express), may be returned to any campus library with an Open Return sticker (see image) on its book return or see a list of participating libraries here.

open return

DO NOT return the following Steenbock materials to other campus libraries:

  • reserve materials
  • journals
  • audiovisual materials (maps, videos, audiocassettes, microfiche, microfilm, etc.)
  • items with loan periods of seven days or less

Designate a Faculty Runner

Faculty members and academic staff with teaching or research responsibilities may designate a currently enrolled student or staff member to borrow materials in their name from campus libraries. To designate a runner:

  1. Fill in the requested information on the attached form
  2. Print it out on departmental letterhead
  3. Sign it
  4. Have the runner take the signed letter to the Memorial Library Card Application Desk, located in the lobby of the Memorial Library. The runner will need to bring his/her UW photo ID.

Read more about faculty runners