Reciprocal borrowing provides a mechanism for an individual from one library to borrow, in-person, materials from another library. The University of Saskatchewan Library is a member of various consortia that permit reciprocal borrowing privileges at almost all Canadian academic libraries and many academic libraries in the United States.
There is currently a National Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement in place that ensures that faculty, staff, and students from participating Canadian universities are permitted in-person access to the library collections of other participating universities. All participating universities provide in-person borrowing privileges to faculty and graduate students of other participating universities. Most universities also provide the same or similar access to staff and undergraduate students. Check reciprocal privileges at Canadian universities.
If you anticipate taking advantage of reciprocal borrowing privileges at another university, you must request a special identification card before you leave. The staff at the checkout desk of any campus library can provide you with a card that identifies you as a qualifying borrower from a western Canadian university. You must present this card (a COPPUL card) at the library you intend to use before they will extend privileges to you.
Through the U of S Library's association with OCLC and the Association of Research Libraries, reciprocal borrowing privileges are extended to U of S faculty at many research libraries across North America. Privileges vary from institution to institution and it is best to check with the institution that you plan to use before you leave.
Before you leave, you must request a special identification card (OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card) from the staff at the checkout desk of any U of S library. Present this card for services at the library of the institution you plan to use.
Borrowers from other member institutions under agreement with the U of S Library have access to the following services:
All reciprocal borrowers must present appropriate identification to receive privileges at the U of S Library. In most cases, this will include an identification card from their home library consortium (COPPUL, OCUL, CREPUQ, CAUL, or OCLC).
The U of S Library fees policy applies to reciprocal borrowers. Unpaid fee balances are reported to the borrower's home library for collection.