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CPSLD Reciprocal Borrowing Card Sheet

For libraries who do not have expiry dates on their library/student cards, you can issue a CPSLD Reciprocal Borrowing Card to your users to provide them access to other CPSLD library collections.

In the attached pdf file, you can enter your institution name to produce cards unique to your institution.

Reciprocal Borrowing

RECIPROCAL BORROWING POLICY

1. Council of Post-Secondary Library Directors Reciprocal Borrowing Policy Definitions Reciprocal Borrowing: Current students & employees of one publicly funded B.C. post-secondary institution are granted on-site borrowing privileges at another B.C. post-secondary institution library, free of charge, & that permission is reciprocated.

[Webster’s definition of reciprocal: -consisting of or functioning as a return in kind; corresponding to each other (e.g. “agreed to extend reciprocal privileges to each other’s citizens”)]

Extramural Borrowing:
Members of the local community are granted on-site borrowing at a post-secondary library for a fee or free of charge.
Students & employees of one post-secondary educational institution are granted on-site borrowing privileges at another post-secondary library for a fee.
Students & employees of one post-secondary institution are granted on-site borrowing privileges at another post-secondary library free of charge, but that privilege is not reciprocated by the borrower’s institutional library.

Policy
CPSLD members agree to the principle of reciprocal borrowing between libraries for students & employees & will implement the practice of reciprocal borrowing if possible & within the mandate of the institution.

Procedure
Students & employees must present proof that they are current students or employees of their home institution when borrowing materials from another institution library. Reciprocal borrowers are registered at the lending library according to the lending library’s practice (e.g. expiry date established by lending library).
Loan policies  e.g. types of items loaned, number of items, length of borrowing period) of the lending library are followed. Materials must be returned to the lending library and will not be cleared from the borrower’s record until they reach the lending library. Any costs (for overdue fines, damaged or lost materials) are paid by the borrower to the lending library.

Current Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements

 

As of September 2008, all libraries have confirmed the information below is correct.

A. Libraries which do full reciprocal borrowing

The following libraries extend free reciprocal borrowing privileges to students and employees from all other CPSLD libraries:

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Camosun College
  • Capilano University
  • College of New Caledonia
  • College of the Rockies
  • Douglas College
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  • Justice Institute of BC
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Langara College
  • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
  • North Island College
  • Northern Lights College
  • Northwest Community College
  • Okanagan College
  • Quest University
  • Royal Roads University
  • Selkirk College
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • Trinity Western University
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Northern BC
  • University of Victoria
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Vancouver Island University
  • Yukon College

B. Libraries with some restrictions on reciprocal borrowing

There are currently no CPSLD member libraries with restrictions on reciprocal borrowing.


Updated October 18, 2011.