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Additional borrowing programs

Northwestern Libraries participates in reciprocal borrowing programs that allow patrons from participating institutions to access materials and resources from our collections. 

Big Ten Academic Alliance

If you're affiliated with a Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) insitution, and your library account is in good standing, you are eligible for guest borrowing privileges at Northwestern Libraries and other BTAA institutions. See the BTAA Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement for details.

OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program

Faculty from participating OCLC institutions are eligible to access and borrow materials from Northwestern Libraries. See the list of participating institutions to find out if you're eligible to participate.

SHARES Onsite Borrowing Program

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.

Privilege details

Obtain a borrower's card

If you are visiting from one of the Onsite Borrowing pilot institutions and would like to borrow materials from Northwestern locally, follow the steps below to set up a Northwestern library account.

A Northwestern University Libraries Borrower's Card will NOT be issued without an approved application from your home institution; please make arrangements with your home library before coming to Northwestern. Your Northwestern University Libraries Borrower's Card will be valid for one year from the issuing date.