Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements: Direct Borrowing from Non-Queen's Libraries
All Queen's students and faculty can apply for borrowing privileges at other Ontario universities, under the terms of the "Inter University Borrowing Program" (IUBP) sponsored by the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL). The one exception is the University of Toronto, which restricts the inter-university borrowing privilege to faculty and graduate students only and charges a fee for library privileges.
An "OCUL" card may be required by some Ontario university libraries, to verify that the student or faculty member is entitled to the IUBP privileges. Queen's students and faculty can obtain an OCUL card, during regular business hours, at the Circulation Desk in either Stauffer Library or the Douglas Engineering and Science Library.
Students who are registered at other Ontario universities may apply for a Queen's library card by filling in an application form (available at Bracken, Education, Engineering and Science, Law, and Stauffer Libraries) and by presenting a valid student card from their home university along with another piece of personal identification. Similarly, faculty employed at other Ontario universities may apply for a Queen's library card by presenting a valid staff card from their home university along with another piece of personal identification. (Note: The one exception is RMC students and faculty, who do not need to fill in an IUBP application form to borrow from a Queen's library as long as their RMC student or staff card has an RMC barcode on it.)
Universities participating in the IUBP program include: Brock, Carleton, Guelph, Lakehead, Laurentian, McMaster, Nipissing, Ontario College of Art & Design, Ottawa, Queen's, Royal Military College, Ryerson, Trent, Waterloo, Western, Wilfrid Laurier, Windsor, York, and (subject to the limitations mentioned above) the University of Toronto.
The reciprocal borrower agreement between Ontario and Quebec university libraries is restricted to faculty and graduate students only. Because presenting personal ID and a "OCUL" card will be required by the Quebec university, be sure to apply -- at the Stauffer Library Circulation Desk during regular business hours -- for the "OCUL" card in advance of your trip to Quebec.
As of June 2002, reciprocal borrowing agreements are in place among all four Canadian regional academic library consortia. By means of this agreement, in-person borrowing privileges have been extended to students, faculty and staff from -- and at -- most Canadian university libraries from coast to coast. All that is required for borrowing at a signatory library is a valid Queen's University student or staff card, and a valid participating regional consortia card such as the Ontario IUBP card.
In advance of making your trip to another Canadian university, be sure to check at the Stauffer Library Circulation Desk, during regular business hours, for specific details about the other library's reciprocal borrowing requirements. It is important, also, to check the destination library's own loan policies, as borrowers are governed by the regulations of the lending library. In addition, borrowers are expected to return items to the lending site when this site is not located in Ontario or Quebec.
Students, faculty and staff from other signatory Canadian university libraries may, upon presentation of their institutional or consortial ID, apply for borrower privileges at Queen's University Library.
- More information about borrowing from Canadian Libraries - includes a list of participating libraries and exceptions
Queen's University Library (along with many other North American academic research libraries) is a member of the OCLC Consortium, which offers a reciprocal borrowing program, for faculty only, among the organization's member libraries.
Faculty who wish to make use of this service must, in advance of their trip to the U.S., apply at the Stauffer Library Circulation Desk during regular business hours. List of OCLC member libraries.
Last Updated: 28 February 2013