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New pilot program gives Northwestern community expanded access to research collections worldwide

Thanks to a new pilot program launching in late August 2018, Northwestern students, faculty, and staff will have full access to the spaces and collections at various partner institutions throughout the world. See below for details on the program, and how you can take advantage of it.

What is SHARES?

SHARES is a resource-sharing partnership that supports active collaboration amongst partner libraries. It provides onsite use of library collections, and full use of the interlibrary loan system. 

How do I gain access to a SHARES library in person?

Simply present your Northwestern Wildcard at any of the SHARES institutional libraries to gain access to the building. Some restrictions apply; check the complete list of SHARES institutions and their local policies.

Can I borrow materials from SHARES institutions on-site?

Yes. In addition to accessing any of the SHARES Partner Institutions, a small number of SHARES libraries are offering the opportunity to create a local library account and check out materials. Partners in the pilot program are: Brandeis University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, Syracuse University, Temple University, University of California, Los Angeles, and Washington University in St. Louis.

To get started, complete and submit the SHARES application online. Northwestern Libraries will verify your status and forward your application to the SHARES institution that you plan to visit.

You will receive a confirmation email from the SHARES institution with details about when you can pick up your library card.

Visitors to Northwestern from other SHARES institutions will need to set up an account. Visit our FAQ for full details on the procedure.

Questions? Contact the circulation desk at