Borrowing from Other Libraries
Universal Borrowing (UB)
With a typical delivery time of 2-5 days, Universal Borrowing is the fastest way to get books and other circulating items that you can't get from Polk Library. With UB, you have access to the materials in the libraries of all 26 of the University of Wisconsin System Universities. You also have the added convenience of being able to choose a pickup library other than Polk Library if another UW System Library is closer to you.
Distance Education students and instructors should only use Universal Borrowing if you are able to pick up your items at a UW System Library; items requested through Universal Borrowing cannot be mailed to you. If you need an item mailed to you, please request that item through Interlibrary Loan.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
By using Interlibrary Loan, you can request journal articles, books and more from other libraries across the country and even worldwide. If you can't find it through Universal Borrowing or if you're looking for a journal article that we don't subscribe to, use Interlibrary Loan. Before making a request, please verify that we do not already own what you are looking for. Quick tip: use Worldcat to search for materials and use the Place an ILL request link to request your materials easily.
Distance Education users may borrow print materials owned by Polk Library by requesting them through Interlibrary Loan. Items will be mailed to your preferred address. Mailed items are subject to standard loan periods. Microfilm, reference books, and archives/geneological items cannot be delivered to students. You may wish to come to Polk Library to use these materials, or contact your local university or public library for availability in your area. For more information on Interlibrary Loan for Distance Education users, view this tutorial.