Circulation Policies for Auditors

You must present your UWM ID at any Circulation desk in the library in order to check out library materials from the general collection. Each student is responsible for all material borrowed on his/her ID. Only the person identified on it may use the ID card. Borrowing privileges are not transferable. Report lost or stolen IDs immediately to the ID office, Mellencamp 274, 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 those polices.

Loan Periods

  • Fall and Spring Semester - Four weeks
  • Summer Session - Two weeks
  • Periodicals - Two days

You may have a total of 30 items charged to your card.

Returning Books

Checked out materials may be returned to any Circulation desk in the building. There are two book drops located at Circulation, one outside book drop located near the entrance to the west wing of the libraries, and another outside book drop located 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 Reserve Service desk should be returned to there.

You may request a receipt for returned books at the time that you return the items.


Books may be renewed if they have not been requested by another patron. There is no limit on the number of times an item may be renewed as long as no other user requests it. The user may renew books through the online catalog by calling up his or her personal record and indicating which items should be renewed. After clicking on the "Renew Items" button, the user should verify the new date, and report any problems to the Main Circulation Desk as soon as possible. Books from the general collection may also be brought to any Circulation Desk except for the Reserve Service desk and renewed in person. Periodicals may not be renewed.


No service charge is made during the three day grace period following the actual due date which has been stamped on the item. As a courtesy reminder only, an overdue notice is sent on the day after an item is due. Failure to receive this reminder is not an excuse for voiding overdue service charges.

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

Fines/Lost Books

Charges for individual books are: $1.00 on the fourth 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 window of the Main Circulation Desk, located in the Daniel M. Soref Learning Commons on the 1st floor in the west wing of the UWM Libraries. Operating hours are Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm. At any other time that the Main Circulation desk is staffed, you may ask a UWM Libraries employee 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 60 days of the date due will be considered LOST. After 60 days, a bill of $75 for each book and $135 for each bound periodical will be issued for replacement and processing of the material.


Fines and fees totalling $25.00 or more 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 auditor.

Recalled Books

All circulating materials are subject to recall by another user. However, the first user is guaranteed a 28-day loan during the academic year and a 14-day loan during the summer. When a recall is issued, the original due date is cancelled and a new due date is established.

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 auditor from paying recall fines.

If you need a book that is checked out to another user, please 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.

Requesting the book from another UW system library may be quicker than recalling the book from a patron at our library. See UW System Borrowing for more information.

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. Books will be held at the Main Circulation Desk for ten days; periodicals will be held for seven days.

Books listed on the online catalog as "In Process" may be requested for rush cataloging. Please request this service at the Ask a Librarian Arch or through the online catalog link "In Process Request".

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