Undergraduate Students Circulation Policies

Please present your UWM ID in order to check out library materials from the general collection. Only the person identified on it may use the ID card. Borrowing privileges are not transferable.

Each student is responsible for all material borrowed on his/her ID.  Report lost or stolen IDs immediately to the ID office in the Union, Room 143, and to the Main Circulation Desk of the Libraries. Each student must maintain his/her current address on PAWS.

The following policies apply to items circulated from the general collection of the library.  Please contact the Music Library or Media and Reserve Library for information on polices for their materials.

Loan Periods and Renewals

All General Collection items are checked out for 28 days.

Books may be renewed for a total of loan period of 84 days as long as they have not been recalled by another patron. Renewals are done online through My Library Account.

Returning Books

Checked out materials may be returned to any Circulation desk in the building. There are two book drops located at the Main Circulation Desk itself and two outside book drops. One outside book drop is located near the entrance to the west wing of the library and the other resides near the bus shelter on Hartford Avenue. The two outside book drops are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Materials checked out from the Media and Reserve Library should be returned to the Media & Reserve book drop on the lower level.

No checked-out library materials should be returned to the in-house use bins located within the library. These are only for books used within the library. It will be the library user’s responsibility to pay any overdue charges for materials returned to these bins.

You may request a receipt for returned books at Main Circulation Desk at the time they are returned.

Recalled Books

All circulating materials are subject to recall by another user. When a recall is issued, the original borrower has 14 days to return the item.

Items that are overdue and that have been recalled are subject to immediate recall fines, starting from the original due date. Recall fines are $1.00 a day.

Failure to receive or act upon a recall notice (due to travel, illness or not checking your UWM E-mail account, for example) does not excuse the student from paying recall fines.

If you need a book that is checked out to another user, requesting the book from another UW system library may be quicker than recalling the book from a patron at our library. Use the “Get It” option in the catalog or see UW Resource Sharing for more information.

If you would like to recall the UWM copy, complete the recall request forms available through the online catalog. When the item has been returned, a notice will be sent to the person who requested the recall. Recalled books will be held at the Main Circulation Desk for ten days.

Overdue Notices

No service charge is made during the three day grace period following the actual due date (unless the item has been recalled). As a courtesy reminder only, an overdue notice is emailed to patrons. Failure to receive this reminder is not an excuse for voiding overdue service charges.

Undergraduate students will receive all overdue notices via their UWM E-mail account.

Fines/Lost Books

Charges for individual books and periodicals are: $1.00 on the fourth day past due, with each additional day another $.25. Overdue periodicals will incur a $.50 fine on the second day past due, with each additional day another $.25. After overdue items are returned, you will be mailed a Fines and Fees Notice. The charges may be paid in person at the Payments station of the Main Circulation Desk. The Payments station is open Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm. At any other time that the Main Circulation desk is staffed, you may ask a circulation desk attendant about making a drop-box payment. These payments must be made with exact cash, check or money order.

You may also mail in your payment to:

UWM Libraries
Main Circulation Desk – Library fines
P.O. Box 604
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Checks should be made payable to “UW-Milwaukee”.

Any material not returned or renewed within 28 days of the date due will be considered LOST. After 28 days, a bill of $100 for each book or periodical will be issued for replacement and processing of the material.


Fines and fees which remain unpaid for 60 days or more may be sent to a Collection agency.

Damaged Books

You are responsible for all material checked out on your ID and should point out noticeable damage before checking out any material. Library materials that are returned damaged are subject to service charges based on the cost of repairing the damaged item or on the lost book charge if the item cannot be repaired. Charges will vary and are the responsibility of the student.

Missing Books

If the online catalog shows that an item has not been checked out but the item cannot be located, you may request that the Main Circulation Desk conduct a search for it. After the item has been located, you will be notified. Items will be held at the Main Circulation Desk for ten days.

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