What must I know before I complete
the Delivery Request Form?
Before you fill in the 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
state in the NOTES area that you are enrolled in a
distance based class.
Who is eligible for home delivery?
To be eligible for home delivery of library
materials, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be currently enrolled in or employed by
UW- La Crosse
- You must be currently participating in a
distance-based class or program
- Your current mailing address in the UW-L campus
database must be outside of La Crosse County.
Examples of people eligible for home delivery
- students taking distance education courses
- students in study abroad programs
- faculty members on sabbatical or temporarily
living outside the area
- Students commuting from outside the county whose
classes meet when the library is not open (some
classes during intersession periods).
What materials can be delivered?
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, we would
only photocopy that article and send it to you if it is
not also available in one of our full text article
databases, which you can access from off campus.
Specific examples of materials eligible for home
- Articles from periodicals available in the
library (but not also already available online)
- Circulating materials such as books, videos, and
- Circulating materials from other libraries that
are not available in Murphy Library.
How long can items be kept?
The library's normal circulation policies apply.
These policies can be seen at the
Circulation Services Borrowing Privileges web page.
How are items shipped?
Murphy Library will ship to you 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
- Books and videos are shipped in mailers that can
be reused when returning items.
- Articles are posted for electronic delivery or
sent as a pdf email attachment. No return necessary.
- Microfiche items less than 50 pages will be
photocopied and mailed or posted electronically. If
longer, the microfiche will be mailed. Microfiche
readers can be found at many schools and libraries.
What are user responsibilities?
To have materials delivered to you, you must agree to
the following responsibilities:
- Materials are shipped at the library's expense
and are returned at the users’ expense.
- If lost in the mail, damaged, or not returned
for any reason, you will be billed for replacement
and processing costs.
- If returned late, you will be responsible for
any fines and fees imposed by Murphy Library or
other libraries that were involved in the
- Unresolved fines and fees will result in a block
on student records, graduation, etc.
- If overdue notices are ignored ILL privileges
will be blocked.
- Although loss through mail is very unlikely,
users may elect to return by insured or certified
- Communications regarding delivery of materials
will be sent to your UW-L email. Users must check
their UW-L email to keep up to date with requests,
- Users must keep their current student address up
What other ways are there to
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. Look at the
Resources for Distance Learners
page for help.
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 the
DPI's list of public libraries to find one near
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.
WAAL list of academic libraries to find one near
Who can I contact for help?
Interlibrary Loan: For questions regarding
delivery of materials. 608 785-8636 or
Reference: Call 608 785-8508 or toll-free at
800-881-4454, or use the online
Ask a Reference Question form
Fines & Due Dates: 608 785-8507 or
ATTN: Distance Services
University of WI La Crosse
La Crosse, WI 54601