UW Libraries: Changes to placing requests, reserves and ILL

UW-Madison Libraries, along with all UW System libraries, will migrate to a new Library Services Platform in early 2015. While most library resources and services will remain unaffected by this change, there are three critical issues and dates to bring to your attention.

  • Placing Requests for Materials. Beginning January 8, 2015 the “Place Request” button in the Library’s online catalog will be disabled until migration is complete on February 9, 2015. This affects requests for materials from UW-Madison or UW System libraries only. Plan now to request these materials earlier than January 8, or use an Interlibrary Loan request during the migration window.
  • Faculty Placing Materials in Course Reserves. Reserve processing will be impacted by the migration. To minimize this impact and ensure we are able to obtain and process needed materials, we ask that all reserve requests for the spring semester be submitted as early as possible. This includes materials placed on reserve in previous semesters – items are not retained on reserve for subsequent semesters. If you have questions about reserves at Steenbock Library, please contact Kathryn Maloney (
  • Interlibrary Loan. Starting January 21, 2015 you will need to log in to your Interlibrary Loan account to view the list of materials charged out to your via Interlibrary Loan. These items will no longer be listed through your Library or My MadCat account after this date.

We regret any inconvenience these changes may cause and ask for your patience as we work to integrate all UW System libraries for the first time in our history. We are confident that once the migration is complete faculty, students, and staff across the entire UW System will benefit from the capabilities and features offered by the new services platform.

Please contact Steenbock Library (; 262-1371) with any questions or concerns you might have.