Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: Aug 08, 2017     Views: 53

To promote and facilitate scholarly research and communication among members of their faculties, the university research libraries of OCLC have established a program to provide broader access to scholarly materials.

As an ARL member institution, Virginia Tech libraries can provide borrowing privileges and on-site access to the collections of some of the most important research libraries in North America to VT faculty members. View a list of participating libraries in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing program.

Virginia Tech faculty visiting other OCLC program institutions

Full-time faculty from Virginia Tech who plan to visit an institution participating in the reciprocal borrowing program and wish to gain access and/or check out materials from that library must first stop by the Circulation Desk in Newman Library to obtain a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card. The VT faculty member will then need to present this card along with their Hokie Passport to staff in the circulation department of the participating institution. The lending library determines whether the card will be accepted for on-site use and/or borrowing.

It is the responsibility of VT Faculty members to

  • Present identification when requesting a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card from the home library and show that card, along with other required identification, when borrowing materials from another library.
  • Observe the regulations of the lending library.
  • Return materials in person, or by mail, within the loan period prescribed by the lending library.
  • Return materials immediately, in person or by express mail, if recalled by the lending library.
  • Pay any and all fines or other charges incurred due to late return of materials or damage to materials.

Visiting faculty from other OCLC program institutions

Virginia Tech libraries offer access and borrowing privileges to faculty from institutions participating in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program. Please check the list of participants in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program to determine if your institution is a participant in the program.

Faculty from participating institutions should contact their local university library to obtain an OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card. Bring this card, your valid university ID and a current photo ID (if your university ID does not have a photo) to the Newman Library circulation desk or the Northern Virginia Center service desk. Staff will verify your status and provide you with a borrower's card. The card is good for access to Virginia Tech libraries as well as borrowing privileges (30 day loan period).

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