UW-Madison Libraries Wisconsin's Water Library
How to borrow materials
Any adult resident in Wisconsin can check out books from Wisconsin's Water Library for free. If you are 18 years old or older, you can request a maximum of 5 items (books, documents, pamphlets, videotapes, CD-ROMs, microfiche, journals, and maps). Oversize books or large maps do not circulate.

Use the book request form to request books.

Loan and Renewal Periods

The loan period is 4 weeks or 28 days. You may renew any item twice if it has not be requested by another patron.

How to Check Out Materials

You may check out materials from the Water Library by either visiting the library in person, requesting the materials by phone, or for the quickest service, use the library's book request form. To find out how to contact the library, visit our askwater page.

Book Delivery

After requesting the item, we will send the materials to your local public library through the Wisconsin Libraries Delivery Network. Your local library will notify you when they arrive. Just pick them up and return them at your public library.

If your local library is not a member of the Delivery Network, we will mail the materials to you free of charge. You are responsible for mailing them back to us. It is a good idea to keep the packing materials to reuse when you return the items.

If you live within the area served by South Central Library System, the materials should arrive in one to two days. If you live outside South Central, it could take up to five days.

If an item is not available, we will let you know.


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