Code of Conduct
University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries Code of Conduct
Memorial Library addendum
In addition to the behaviors prescribed in the UW-Madison Libraries Code of Conduct, patrons may not:
- leave children under the age of fifteen (15) unattended while using Memorial Library
To enter the Library, you need to show your currently valid UW—Madison ID or General Library System card. Visitors are welcome to Memorial Library, but must first obtain a visitor's pass. Visitors passes are granted to those who produce valid identification (photo ID, with current address information). Visitors not accompanied by a UW-Madison affiliate may also need to demonstrate a research purpose. Parents or guardians must accompany patrons under 18 years of age. If at any time you are asked by Library staff or their agents to show your ID or card, please do so.
The Library maintains a purposeful, academic research environment by not allowing anonymous entry into the building. Unauthorized presence in Memorial Library is prohibited (per the Special Order of the Chancellor)
Fraudulent use or reproduction of a UW—Madison ID is a violation of Wisconsin Criminal Statutes, Sec. 943.38. Expired and fraudulent IDs may be confiscated.
Entrances, exits, stairwells, and corridors need to be kept open to allow users to walk freely at all times. Please do not block them by standing, sitting, or lying on the floor.
Loan Periods vary for different patron categories. Please click on your category in the table.
Short term loans include:
Periodicals: Loaned for 7 days at a time and are not renewable. These items are subject to overdue fines. Those under 10 years old only circulate to UW-Madison faculty and staff.
Materials obtained through Article and Book Delivery Services have varying due dates set by the lending libraries. There is a nonrefundable $15 processing fee for any overdue ILL item. Renewal requests may be made by email and are at the lender's discretion.
Recalled materials: All regular loan items are subject to recall by other patrons. All books are guaranteed to each patron for 14 days. In other words, the original loan period can be shortened if someone else needs the item. A recall notice will be sent out with a new due date. Any overdue recalled item on a patron's record will block them from borrowing other materials or accessing online library resources.
There is no limit to how many items can be charged out at one time.
Library Fines & Holds
Each library on campus has separate overdue fine and replacement charge policies. The best way to avoid library fines is to return books on or before their due date and time.
You may pay fines online, in person, by phone or by mail:
Online fine payment requires a valid NetID.
In Person:Fines are paid at the Circulation Office, Room 170, Memorial Library. (Note: Fines incurred from the State Historical Society Library must be paid there.) The Circulation Office is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday-Friday. Fines can be paid with Wiscard, Visa, MasterCard, check or cash.
By Phone:Please call the Circulation Office at 608-263-7360 between 8:00am-4:00pm (CDT), Monday-Friday.
By Mail:Checks made payable to "University of Wisconsin-Madison" can be sent to Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Room 170, Madison WI 53706
To appeal a Fine, use the Appeal of Library Charges form.
Charges for lost or mutilated items cannot be appealed. Lost items remain the property of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and must be returned if eventually found.
General Building Rules
Memorial Library does not allow food and uncovered beverages in the library. The first floor West Corridor is the only place in the building food is allowed. Covered beverages are allowed in the library.
In an attempt to alleviate some of the problems caused by the disruptive use of cell phones in the library, we need to ask for the cooperation and assistance of patrons.
- Please limit your use of cell phones in Memorial Library to the West Corridor on the first floor. This is the area just beyond the Circulation Desk. Feel free to ask staff for assistance as to the appropriate location.
- Please set your phone to vibrate upon entering the library so as not to disturb others with incoming calls.
- Please cooperate with staff should they ask you to leave an area due to inappropriate cell phone use. Our objective in asking you to move is simply to maintain an atmosphere that is conducive to research and study.
The Library is divided into three areas with regard to the level of noise allowed.
- Quiet Areas: All areas of the Library are quiet areas unless otherwise designated. Please lower your voice and keep your conversations brief.
- Individual Study Areas: These areas are for people who want to study undisturbed. No talking is allowed. They include:
- Book stacks and carrels
- Study Halls and Reading Rooms (Rooms 116, 124, 212, 216, 412, 424)
- Fifth floor faculty studies
- Group Study Rooms: These areas are designated for people who want to study together. Talking in low tones is allowed. These rooms are located in the South Stacks on Floors 1M, 2M, 4, 4M, 5, and 7. You may reserve a group study room online. There is a two-hour limit and two-person minimum on use of these rooms.
Memorial Library does not permit the use of skates and skateboards. Please remove skates before entering the building. For the safety of library patrons, skateboards and skates can not be used on the stairs to the west of the building.
Policy governing filming in Memorial Library is intended to help maintain an appropriate environment for study and research in the library. Memorial Library therefore reserves the right to prohibit filming if it is believed that a filming project would be disruptive to patrons and staff.
Anyone interested in filming in the library must complete a Filming Request Form and obtain the signature of the Building Manager. The form asks for basic information about the filming project. Upon receipt and approval of the Filming Request Form, the Building Manager will inform Access Services staff of the details of the film project. If the Building Manager is unavailable, the Circulation Supervisor may give permission to film.
On the day of filming, those filming must present their signed copy of the Filming Request Form to the Circulation Supervisor. The Circulation Supervisor will make an announcement on the P.A. system to alert patrons and staff about the presence of a film crew in the library. As a courtesy to patrons and staff, permission should be sought if people in the library are to be filmed. If deemed appropriate, Memorial Library Security may accompany the filming project.
Questions regarding this policy should be addressed to the Building Manager: Jeffrey T. Gayton.
Special Order of the Chancellor
Under authority vested in me by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconisin System and under sec. UWS 18.06(7), Wisconin Administrative Code, the following described facility at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shall be closed until further notice to all persons except for those specifically authorized by this order to be present: Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Madison.
The following persons are authorized to be present in this facility duting the closed period: Students enrolled at, and faculty and staff employed by, a University of Wisconsin System institution who can present a currently valid identification card issued by that institution, and members of the general public who can present a currently valid Memorial Library card. Take notice that violators of this order are subject to arrest and prosecution and upon conviction may be fined not more that $500 or imprisoned not more than 90 dats or both (sec. UWS 18.07, Wisc. Adm. Code.)
Effective date: This order shall become effective on August 26, 1979 and shall remain in effect until rescinded by the Chancellor. Signed July 15, 1979 by Irving Shain.