Using Other Libraries
No library has everything you will need. And although it may be convenient to stop in at your local public library, remember that they are less likely to have the specialized scholarly resources you will likely need, nor collect a lot of information in your area of study. Fortunately, there are ways to search and see what materials are held in other libraries right from your home computer. You'll also be able to place request to borrow items from other libraries without leaving home.
Other University of Wisconsin Libraries
You are welcome to check out books at any other UW library. Just present a valid Passport ID to check out books. It's easy to check and see what is at another campus library. Just go into the Cofrin Library Catalog and click on the "Universal Borrowing" tab. You can search any or all UW libraries at once, and request that available items be sent directly to you.
To search all Wisconsin libraries including public libraries, you can use the WISCAT database.
And to search for materials held in libraries all over the U.S. and some foreign libraries as well, use the WorldCat database. Just click on the FINDIT! button to open up the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan request form to ask that a copy be sent to you. Or, if you use the free version at http://www.worldcat.org to look for a specific item, just plug in your zip code to find the closest library that owns it.
If you prefer to go directly to the website and catalog of a specific library, visit our Other Libraries page.
rev. 19 Aug 2008