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Resources for Retirees & Emeriti: Using Murphy Library

Use of the Library

All retirees are invited to use Murphy Library.


If you are an emeritus faculty/staff member from UWL and you live out of state, you can still access our research databases. Use the "Log into Search@UW" instructions below. If that does not work, please email Circulation Services at You will need to verify your identity with your name and the username that you tried.

Since Emeriti maintain an active relationship with the university, their library accounts are lifelong once they are set up. No expiration date and available whenever you want to use it.

To get started (if you live locally):

  1. Visit the Campus ID Office (Student Union Rm. 1131) to get your Emeritus ID card. Make sure it says "Emeritus" and shows your ID number on it. If you got your ID card before November 2018, it may not have your 9-digit ID on the front. You don't have to replace it, but it would helpful for you to write your number on the front so you have it later.
  2. Bring your Emeritus ID to the Circulation Desk in Murphy Library.
  3. Fill out an Emeritus Patron Registration form.
  4. Access Services staff will get your account set up.

Emeriti do not get active NetIDs and cannot log onto the general computers, but we do have four computers available for public use (see below).


If you are a retiree but not emeritus, you have most of the same privileges. Please bring your driver's license to the Circulation Desk in Murphy Library. This borrower account will allow you to check out materials from Murphy Library and use InterLibrary Loan.

Logging In


Log into your library account

Username: your 9-digit ID number
Password: your birth month and day followed by @UWL (example: 0326@UWL)


Log into ILLiad

Username:your 9-digit ID number (add zeroes to the beginning if it's shorter than 9 digits)
Password: your last name, all lowercase


Find a database or e-book that you want and click on it. You will get a login prompt.

Username: your old NetID (either first initial last name (jsmith) or last.first (smith.john), as it was when you retired)
Password: your birth month and day followed by @UWL (example: 0326@UWL)

Visit the Murphy Library Home Page and click on "My Accounts" to log into any of these.

Research Assistance

Reference Desk

Librarians can help you learn to make the most of the information resources, tools, and services of Murphy Library and beyond!

Weekdays & Sunday afternoons (fall/spring):

  • Visit us at the reference desk (1st floor)
  • Call us at 608.785.8508
  • Web Chat with us

Any time (year-round):

Local history and/or archives research? Special Collections / Area Research Center specialists are available!

Essential Resources

Retirees have access to the following Murphy Library resources:

  • Public Access Computers
  • Borrowing of Physical Materials
  • Interlibrary Loan

In addition, emeriti have access to library databases and e-resources from off campus.

Library Computers

Four computers are available for community members and emeriti to use. A self-service sign-in station is available that will assign you a temporary username and password. These may be printed out to help you log onto one of the public computers easily.

Library Materials

Retirees may check out library materials as follows:

  • Books for 1 semester with 4 renewals
  • DVDs for 14 days with 2 renewals