University Library

Borrowing Policies

Borrowing Items

Students at Access Services

To borrow most library items, bring them to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library and present your UWSP campus ID card or other library card. For detailed loan period information, see our Checkout Periods & Fines and Fees page.

Who can borrow items?

  • Current UWSP faculty, staff and students can check-out materials using their UWSP campus ID.
  • Community patrons can check-out library materials using their Portage Country Public Library card.
  • Faculty, staff and students of another UW college or university can check-out materials using their UW institution's identification card.
  • Other visitors who wish to check-out materials will need to obtain a Guest Card to check-out materials. Guest cards are available at the Circulation Desk located on the Library’s first floor. You must be eighteen years of age and present a valid driver's license or state identification card. If you are under the age of eighteen, you will need parental permission to use the University Library. Forms are available at the Circulation Desk.
  • Proxy Patron status allows one patron to check out books under another patron's identification number. For example, professors may wish to have assistants pick-up or check-out materials for them. In order to set up someone as a proxy, you must submit a written letter or email ( to Circulation. Include your name and UWSP ID number and the names and ID numbers of the people you would like on your proxy list. Also, include the date you want the proxy privileges to expire.

Renewing Items

To renew your items online, log in to My Account, select the items you wish to renew, and click on request renewal. If the item is eligible to be renewed the due date will be extended.

Items can also be renewed by calling (346-2540), emailing ( or visiting the Circulation Desk on first floor of the Library.

Returning Items

Items can be returned to the Circulation Desk on the first floor of the library. In addition, there are two outside book drops, one at each entrance.

Overdue Items & Fines

You will be fined for overdue, lost or damaged materials. Fines are payable upon return of materials, but the fines are not assessed until the item is checked in. All fines are payable at the Circulation Desk.

Email notices are sent for overdue items. Please notify us if you believe the item was returned. Notices are also generated for fines not paid when overdues are returned. You will be billed for replacement costs plus the accrued fines if a book is held 60 days past the due date. Failure to receive a notice not relieve the borrower of the obligation to return material on the due date or to pay the fines accrued.

Anyone owing fines or fees amounting to $15.00 or more will not be allowed borrowing privileges until the matter is resolved.


If you have questions about borrowing items please contact the Circulation Desk on first floor of the Library (715-346-2540 or

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