Outerlibrary Loan Form

Outerlibrary loan (OLL) is a borrowing privilege available to residents of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk, and Wood County. This service allows customers to borrow materials or copies of articles unavailable in LINKcat from libraries across the nation.

Always check the LINKcat catalog to see if we own the material before submitting outerlibrary loan requests. We cannot request items we own and we cannot obtain items that are less than 6 months old.

There is a maximum of fifty (50) requests per person per calendar year and a maximum of five (5) titles per day. We can not initiate an outerlibrary loan request if you have fines exceeding $20.00, a 'stop' on your card, an active payment plan, or a Limited Use or reciprocal library card. Items can only be checked out the library card number used to make the OLL request.

Please note that while a number of libraries may be listed in WorldCat as owning an item, a much smaller number are free accessible lenders. Many libraries use WorldCat for cataloging purposes, so they list their holdings but do not participate in outerlibrary loan. Of those libraries that do loan books, only a tiny minority will lend other formats (such as audiovisual materials).

Fields marked with an asterisk are required.

For further information visit our OLL FAQ’s, or call 608-266-6302.

Enter your full name

Enter your street address or, if you are a City employee, enter your department address and we'll deliver the item to you at work.

Enter your city, state, and zip code. You must be a Madison Public Library patron in order to request materials. Example: Madison, WI 53711

Enter your complete barcode (14 digits). Do not include any spaces or punctuation in the barcode.

Use the pull down box to choose a "need-by" time. If you do not need this item by a specific time, leave this field set to "None".

Book/Magazine/Movie/Music Information

Enter the title of the item being requested. When requesting articles, enter the magazine, journal, or newspaper title here, and enter the article title in the "Article title" field.

Enter the name of the author, artist, or composer of the item being requested.

Enter the publisher of the item being requested.

Enter the year the item being requested was published.

Choose whether you will accept any edition, only the specified edition, or any newer edition.

Choose the type of media you would like for this item. If more than one type of media is acceptable, please list additional acceptable formats in the "Additonal Comments" field. If you choose "Other", please explain this in the "Additional Comments" field.

Article Information

We cannot request entire volumes of magazines.

Enter the magazine/journal volume.

Enter the magazine/journal issue number.

Enter the date the article was published.

Enter the page or pages of the article.

Enter the title of the specific article being requested. If you are unsure of the exact title, the general subject of the article may be enough information if the date and volume information are provided.

Enter the name of the author of the article being requested.

If you have verified this item, enter one or more of these identifying numbers if you have it.

Enter any additional information or clarification that might help to process this request. You can cut and paste basic bibliographic information here. If you would be willing to accept a portion of an item (chapter, poem, essay, etc.), please indicate that in this field.