About the Woodman Astronomical Library

Borrowing & Circulation Information

Who can borrow?

Anyone with a current UW-Madison ID or a borrower's card may check out materials. Patrons not affiliated with UW-Madison should obtain a borrowing card from Memorial Library. Contact the Memorial Library Circulation Office at (608) 263-7360 for details.

How many items can I borrow?

There is no limit to the number of items that UW-Madison patrons can check out. Some limits (for UW System items) apply.

Recalling Library Materials

All Astronomy Library books are subject to recall after two weeks, regardless of due date. If an Astronomy Library book is checked out we strongly recommend that you recall it. You can recall library materials yourself through the Library Catalog or Astronomy Library staff will be happy to recall materials for you. Requesting a book through the UW System catalog (available through the Library Catalog) is a good alternative to recalling a book. You may wish to see if another copy is available from a UW System school before recalling a UW-Madison book.

You have 10 days to return a recalled item. Your patron record is blocked if you do not return a recalled item. The block will be lifted once the overdue recalled item(s) has been returned.

Overdue Notices and Fines

Overdue Notices: Overdue notices are sent two days after the item is due. A second overdue notice is sent 14 days later. (Overdue notices for reserve materials are sent sooner and more frequently.) If the item has not been returned or renewed 14 days after the second overdue notice, you are then billed for the item. If the item is returned the fine will be removed from your record.

Overdue Fines for Books and Journals: There is no daily overdue fine for Astronomy Library books or journals.

Overdue Fines for Reserve Materials: There are fines for late reserve items.

Overdue Fines for Recalled Materials: There is no daily fine for overdue recalled books. Your library privileges are suspended until the overdue recalled material is returned. If the item is not returned you will be billed for the lost item.

Library Fines: You may appeal a library fine.