Reciprocal Borrowing



Reciprocal Borrowing:

Current students, employees and emeritus faculty of one publicly funded or non-profit B.C. post-secondary institution are granted on-site borrowing privileges at another B.C. post-secondary institution library, free of charge, and that permission is reciprocated.

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.


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


Students, employees and emeritus faculty must present proof that they are current students, employees or emeritus faculty 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.

  1. Libraries which do full reciprocal borrowing

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

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Camosun College
  • Capilano University
  • Coast Mountain College
  • 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
  • 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
  1. Libraries with some restrictions on reciprocal borrowing

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

Updated April 19, 2017 and April 10, 2019

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.

Original 2009 Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement