Borrowers should bring materials to be checked out to the Circulation Desk. University of Wisconsin System students, faculty and staff must present a current, valid university ID or other photo ID to check out library materials. If you are not registered with UW-Oshkosh or the UW System, inquire at the Circulation Desk for privileges.
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 (see table below).
Renewing Library Materials
Items may be renewed online or brought to the Circulation Desk to be renewed. Materials that have been requested by other patrons are not renewable.
Returning Library Materials
Items may be returned at the Circulation Desk, or they can be put in the outside library material return boxes. Outside returns are located to the right of the Main entrance and in the courtyard facing Elmwood Avenue. All University of Wisconsin - System library items can be returned to any of the 26 University of Wisconsin-System libraries. Please be considerate when returning fragile or oversized items.
Items mailed to Distance Education users may also be returned to Polk Library by mail. Please retain the original packaging materials; you are responsible for return postage.
Loan Periods & Borrowing Privileges
|Item Types1 (across) |
Patron Categories (below)
|Main Collection, Gov Docs, EMC2 ||Media (DVDs & Blu-ray discs, Audio CDs, Software)3 ||Leisure Reading Collection||Reference and Archives||Periodicals||Reserve Materials4||Universal Borrowing (UB)5||Interlibrary Loan Materials (ILLiad)|
|Current and retired UW Oshkosh, faculty, academic, adjunct and classified staff||semester, 3 renewals||14 days, 1 renewal||28 days, 2 renewals||in-house use||3 days, 2 renewals||all||semester, 3 renewals||due date on ILL slip|
|UW Oshkosh undergraduates||28 days, 2 renewals||14 days, 1 renewal||28 days, 2 renewals||in-house use||in-house use||all||28 days, 2 renewals||due date on ILL slip|
|UW Oshkosh graduate students||semester, 3 renewals||14 days, 1 renewal||28 days, 2 renewals||in-house use||in-house use||all||28 days, 2 renewals||due date on ILL slip|
|Universal Borrowers (UB)||28 days, 2 renewals;
EMC: 14 days, 1 renewal
|14 days, 1 renewal||28 days, 2 renewals||in-house use||in-house use||in-house use||28 days, 2 renewals||available through home campus|
|UB Faculty||semester; 3 renewals;
EMC: 14 days, 1 renewal
|14 days, 1 renewal||28 days, 2 renewals||in-house use||in-house use||in-house use||semester, 3 renewals||available through home campus|
|NEW ERA Guests
||28 days, 2 renewals||unavailable||28 days, 2 renewals||in-house use||in-house use||unavailable
|NEW ERA Alumni||28 days, 2 renewals||unavailable||28 days, 2 renewals||in-house use||in-house use||unavailable
||unavailable||limited privileges; due date on ILL slip|
|Fox Valley Library Council patrons (under 18yrs old)||28 days, 1 renewal||unavailable||28 days, 1 renewal||in-house use||in-house use||unavailable||unavailable||unavailable|
1) Items can be placed on hold or recalled by another patron; these statuses will block renewal .
2) Does not include Education Materials Center (EMC) media.
3) Eligible patrons are limited to 10 media items checked out at one time.
4) Items such as laptops are available to UW Oshkosh students only.
5) Some UB items such as DVDs and select books check out for 14 days.