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Online and Distance Education Services: Borrowing & Returning

Information about obtaining materials for online, distance and FLEX option students and faculty.

What Can I Borrow/Request?

You can request almost anything that you need for your research. It doesn't matter if the item is held in the UWM Libraries or is available from another source.

Items that we may be able to obtain for you include: books, journal articles, CD-ROMs, dissertations, DVD/VHS, compact discs, and government documents.

Materials requested can be made available to you in a variety of ways.

  • Books, CDs, and other "returnables" will be checked out and sent to your home or office via FedEx if you are fully online.
  • Articles or chapters from books ("non-returnables") will be delivered electronically via your ILLiad account.

Please note that we are unable to mail books to non-United States addresses.

Copyright guidelines will be observed when making photocopies of pages from books or journals.

How long can I keep the material? May I renew anything?

Loan periods for UWM Libraries materials follow the UWM circulation policies. Books borrowed from the UWM Libraries may be renewed indefinitely, as long as you are enrolled and another user does not recall them from you.

How to renew books from UWM Libraries

Click the "My Account" link on the library homepage.

A screen grab of the menu on the library homepage with a link to "my account."

  • Use your 11-digit ID number and last name or ePanther ID and password to log in.
  • Select the items you want to renew.
  • Click the "Renew" button.
  • Make a note of your new due dates!

If you encounter problems, call 1-877-893-8583 or email deserv@uwm.edu.

Don't forget!

Always note the due date for each item upon receipt or renewal. You are responsible for assuring that the UWM Libraries receive all returnables by their due date.

Articles delivered to your ILLiad account are considered "non-returnables" so you do not need to worry about those. They will be automatically purged from your account after 60 days.

Materials borrowed from other libraries have various loan periods, as each library determines the due date. Typically, loan periods can be two weeks to one month with one renewal.

Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library and the length is determined by them. Non-UWM books must be renewed through your ILLiad account. Please note that overdue books cannot be renewed via ILLiad. You will need to contact the interlibrary loan office to request a renewal.

For directions on how to renew an ILLiad book, see the interlibrary loan FAQ.

Don't forget!

Always note the due date for each item upon receipt. You are responsible for assuring that the UWM Libraries receive all returnables by their due date.

Articles delivered to your ILLiad account are considered "non-returnables" so you do not need to worry about those. They will be automatically purged from your account after a certain number of weeks.

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Returning Materials

Books may be mailed directly to the UWM Libraries by using the pre-addressed FedEx label that is enclosed in each package sent to you or returned to any UW campus interlibrary loan office that will ship the items back to UWM.

Please check with the appropriate staff at the UW library before returning books to their interlibrary loan office.

If you need an additional pre-addressed FedEx return label please contact us.

Note: you will be held responsible for late fees, damages or lost items returned to us. The UWM Libraries address is:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
ILL/Distance Education
PO Box 604
Milwaukee, WI 53201

FedEx/UPS use:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries
ILL/Distance Education
2311 East Hartford Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211

Contact Us

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Distance Education Services
Contact:
UW-Milwaukee Libraries
Online & Distance Education Services
2311 East Hartford Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
deserv@uwm.edu
414-229-4493