Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement
Effective May 1, 2002, Canadian university libraries have agreed
to extend in-person borrowing privileges to students, faculty and
staff from across the country. All that is required for borrowing is
a valid university identification card or a valid participating
regional consortia card. Students, faculty and staff should check
with the library of their home institution to ensure they have the
appropriate identification before visiting another
Canadian university library.
Reciprocal borrowing privileges are determined by each lending
(host) library and usually provide shorter loan periods than those
available at the individual's home library. Some library materials
such as periodicals, videos, and books on course reserve may not be
available for loan.
Other library services may be available in addition to borrowing
privileges and some fees may apply. Students, faculty and staff
should inquire at each host library regarding services available to
visiting library users.
The lending library's regulations related to loan periods, renewal
and recall procedures, and fines will apply to all loans. Lost or
damaged materials should be reported to the library from which the
item was borrowed. Students, faculty and staff are responsible for
paying any fines, lost book charges or processing charges
Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff
Graduate students, faculty and staff are entitled to borrowing
privileges at participating libraries. Charges may apply. NOTE: University of Toronto introduced fees for direct borrowers on October 1, 2009. See http://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/external-researchers for more information.
Undergraduate students are entitled to borrowing privileges at
most participating libraries.
There are some exceptions in Ontario. The University of
Toronto does not lend to undergraduates from other institutions (both
inside and outside Ontario). The Ontario College of Art and Design
(OCAD) also does not lend to undergraduates except for students from
Ryerson University and York University. These two universities do not
lend to undergraduates from the University of Toronto.
Identification Required for Reciprocal
The type of library identification required for reciprocal
borrowing is determined by each participating consortium. The
information below indicates what identification is required by
students, faculty and staff based in the various regions or
provinces. For example, students, faculty and staff based in the
Atlantic provinces should obtain a CAUL-CBUA card to present at other
Canadian university libraries. Students, faculty and staff based in
the western provinces should obtain a COPPUL card. These cards can be
obtained from the library of the home institution.
Students, faculty and staff should check with the library of
their home institution to ensure they have the appropriate
identification before visiting another Canadian university
CAUL/CBUA: Council of Atlantic University Libraries/Conseil
des Bibliothèques Universitaires de l'Atlantique
(New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island,
BCI: Conférence des recteurs et des principaux
des universités du Québec
OCUL: Ontario Council of University Libraries
COPPUL: Council of Prairie and Pacific University
(British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba)
For more information, contact:
Gwen Bird, Executive Director, COPPUL
July 31, 2014