Many library resources, such as the catalog and the periodicals locator, are available anywhere in the world without having to log in.
Most of the information databases and periodicals that the library subscribes to are also available off campus, but only to users affiliated with UW-L.
Login procedures are as follows:
Before you fill in the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan form, make sure you are eligible for this service and that you agree to the procedures and responsibilities as outlined below. Important: When filling in the form, make sure you answer YES if you are enrolled in a distance based class.
To be eligible for home delivery of library materials, you must meet the following criteria:
Examples of people eligible for home delivery include:
In general, we will deliver most circulating materials in the library that are not accessible to you on your own. For example, if you request an article from a periodical to which the library subscribes in print, we would photocopy that article and send it to you. However if that article is available in one of our full text article databases, which you can access from off campus, you would be expected to retrieve that article on your own.
Specific examples of materials eligible for home delivery include:
The library's normal circulation policies apply. These policies can be seen at the Circulation Services Borrowing Privileges web page.
Murphy Library will ship to you via either through the U.S. mail or electronic delivery. When possible, periodical articles may be scanned and sent electronically. Examples of how items are shipped include:
To have materials delivered to you, you must agree to the following responsibilities:
Full Text Databases. In many cases, you will be able to find full-text articles online, using databases that Murphy Library subscribes to. You can read, print, save, or email these articles instantly with no additional library contact required. Use the databases found in our Subject Guides or the list of All Databases by Title.
Local Public Libraries. Your local library may have a wealth of resources and services. Most libraries participate in interlibrary loan services, which allows them to request books from libraries around the country. This is often the fastest way to receive an item that is not available in Murphy Library. Visit this list of public libraries in Wisconsin to find one near you.
Other UW-System Schools. Is there a 2-year or 4-year campus near you? If so, as an enrolled student at UW-L you are eligible to use their facilities and their resources. You may also elect to have library materials from Murphy Library delivered or returned to any UW-System school. This can speed up response times and save you postage. Visit this list of academic libraries in Wisconsin to find one near you.
Reference librarians are available during open reference desk hours to help with any information questions or needs.
Contact librarians using:
Chat: Chat with Librarian (opens a chat dialog box)
Text Message: 608-588-8158
Email: Use our Ask-a-Librarian form
Visit: Stop by the reference desk on the library's first floor for in-person help.