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Outerlibrary Loan Request Form

Borrow materials or copies of articles unavailable in LINKcat from libraries across the nation.

Outerlibrary loan (OLL) is a borrowing privilege available to residents of Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk, and Wood County, who have a full-use (not virtual or Easy Access) library card.

PLEASE NOTE these recent changes to OLL services:

  • Longer checkout periods (now four weeks)
  • OLL items still incur overdue fines of $1.00/day

Use this form to request things that aren’t owned in LINKCat. 

Fields marked with an asterisk are required.

Enter your full name
Enter your street address.
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.
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. As a courtesy to all libraries, we do not request materials that have been in publication for fewer than 6 months.
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.
Book Chapter Information:
Fill this out for a copy of a chapter or section of a book.
Enter the title of the book.
Enter the name of the author(s).
Enter the publication date.
Enter the chapter title.
Enter the chapter number if known.
Enter the pages if known.
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. If you must have a very specific edition, version, or printing, please indicate it here.

When you're all set, click the "Submit" button at the bottom of the page.

The Fine Print

  • We’ll do our best, but not all items are able to be borrowed.
  • It could take several weeks for your request to be completed.
  • You must live in the South Central Library System and have a valid card with no lost charges to use this service.
  • You must be willing to pick up and return your items to a Madison Public Library location.
  • No more than five requests per day and 50 per year.

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

United States Copyright Law

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. 

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. 

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

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