Washington University participates in the Online Computer Library Center’s (OCLC) SHARES program, which allows the University Libraries to borrow and lend items via interlibrary loan at a reduced cost and provides access to a wide variety of collections that might not be eligible for interlibrary loan. The program also gives patrons of the University Libraries access to the collections of other participating institutions.
On August 20, the OCLC launched the SHARES Onsite Borrowing Program pilot. Through this new program, the faculty, staff, and students of participating universities are eligible for a free courtesy card for short-term use, which allows them to check out materials while visiting other areas of the country. The University Libraries have received many questions from patrons about how they can access library materials while they’re working or studying away from St. Louis. Now, if patrons are located in one of the cities listed below, they can borrow from the collections of a nearby library. An application must be filled out prior to visiting the library.
The institutions participating in the pilot are Brandeis University (Boston, MA), Cornell (Ithaca, NY), Northwestern (Evanston, IL), Syracuse (Syracuse, NY), Temple (Philadelphia, PA), and the University of California, Los Angeles. The program is reciprocal, so patrons in good standing from other participating universities will be eligible for a courtesy card from the Washington University Libraries. For more information, contact Interlibrary Loan and Reserves Librarian Clara Fehrenbach.