As information resources grow more plentiful, it becomes increasingly difficult for any library to acquire all the materials students and faculty need for their research. Therefore the UWM Libraries have established several methods for UWM faculty, staff, and students to obtain items not held at UWM. General option choices may be viewed at http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/ris/ill.html

Interlibrary Loan -- The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Office will locate materials available in other libraries throughout the state, across the country, or around the world. This service greatly expands access to needed material for scholars in all disciplines. However, this method may be time-consuming and an expensive process for the Libraries. When using Interlibrary Loan, it is advisable to allow a minimum of two weeks to receive the material. There is no charge for this service, though certain limitations may apply. The ILL Office uses an online system, called ILLiad. Login to ILLiad to make requests, ask for renewals, and track the status of requests. Access ILLiad via PantherCat or from "Library Request Forms" on the homepage; from within PantherCat, click on the "interlibrary loan" button at the top of the screen.

Rush ILL -- UWM personnel who need articles on a rush basis may request Rush ILL. Articles are typically received within 24-48 hours. RUSH ILL SERVICE IS AVAILABLE TO FACULTY, STAFF, AND GRADUATE STUDENTS AT NO CHARGE, WITH SOME LIMITATIONS. Please contact the ILL Office (414-229-4493) for more details on this service.

ILL Direct Request -- Thanks to WorldCat, available via the UWM Libraries' homepage at http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/, UWM students, faculty, and staff can directly request books from library collections around the world. Non-book materials such as manuscripts, maps, and journals may also be identified via WorldCat and requested through Interlibrary Loan via the online ILL request form.

Dissertation Express -- UWM faculty and students can buy low-cost printed copies of doctoral dissertations through Dissertation Express. This service provides an alternative to borrowing dissertations (often on microfilm) that are needed for research through Interlibrary Loan. For current price information, see the general options link at http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/ris/ill.html. Dissertation Express orders can be placed and picked up in the ILL Office during the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


UW System Borrowing -- UW System Borrowing allows library users with a valid UWM ID to request, borrow, and return materials directly from any participating library within the UW System, without travelling to the other institution or filling out ILL request forms. Materials may be borrowed from and returned to any participating UW System library. Users may track borrowing activities through their PantherCat Personal Record. Journals and magazines, reference books, course reserves, and special or archival collection materials are not available. Requests for journal articles should be made through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) office. General information is available in the library guide, UW System Borrowing.

Please contact the UWM Libraries' RIS AskaLibrarian Desk (414-229-4659) for assistance in locating materials held in other UW libraries. Contact either the Main Circulation Desk (414-229-4132) or the RIS AskaLibrarian Desk for additional information on UW System Borrowing.


Access to Southeastern Wisconsin Libraries -- Southeast Wisconsin is very fortunate to be home to over 100 academic, public, and special libraries, most of which participate in an organization called the Library Council of Southeastern Wisconsin. Libraries in this organization open their general collections to users from other libraries, allowing in-house use of items and often allowing for the check out of materials. This system allows UWM faculty, staff, and students to obtain an InfoPass from the Library's RIS AskaLibrarian Desk. An InfoPass may be written for up to 3 known items not owned by UWM Libraries. Blank passes may not be issued. Journal articles should be requested through the ILLiad system. The RIS staff can assist in locating materials at local libraries, determine if the library in question is an InfoPass participating member of the Council, and issue a pass. Most libraries, such as Milwaukee Public Library or Marquette University, allow items to circulate to UWM affiliates. Smaller, special libraries may not circulate material, but instead allow in-house use only. Libraries for which InfoPasses are most commonly issued include (but are not limited to):

AlvernoMilwaukee Public Library
Cardinal StritchMount Mary College
Concordia CollegeMSOE
Marquette UniversityWaukesha Public Library

After obtaining an InfoPass from the RIS AskaLibrarian Desk, take the pass and your current UWM ID to the library owning the material. The policies and procedures of the library owning the material, not those of the UWM Libraries, are followed for check out, use, and return of the material. There is no charge for an InfoPass. Material may be renewed, subject to the loaning library's policies. For more information regarding InfoPass policies or for assistance in locating material at local libraries, please contact the RIS AskaLibrarian Desk at 414-229-4659.

Cooperative Access Program (CAP) -- The libraries of Marquette University, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and UWM provide access to their collections and services for each other's faculty and staff members. For complete information on those services, hours, library locations, and borrowing privileges, ask for the yellow Cooperative Access Program brochure at either the UWM Libraries' RIS AskaLibrarian or Main Circulation Desks.


To aid in locating materials at other libraries, the UWM Libraries makes available the online catalogs of most area libraries as well as other academic libraries around the state. The Wisconsin Historical Society Library, the Library of Congress, and other important libraries from around the country are also accessible from UWM Libraries' computers.

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