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.
- Loan period: 16-week loan period, except for items on reserve for a class, which are not included in this borrowing program. All books are subject to recall with a guaranteed loan period of one week. DVDs and videos from the Mitchell Multimedia Center can be borrowed for 7 days.
- Renewals: Items can be renewed three times, either in person or via NUsearch, the online library catalog system. After the third remote renewal, books must be brought in to start a new loan.
- Returns: You are responsible for returning the book to Northwestern University Library. Please return this item by traceable mail; UPS, FedEx, or Express Mail USPS to: Northwestern University Library, Circulation Department, 1970 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208-2300
- Fines, fees and penalties: Northwestern does not charge daily fines on regular loan books, but there is a $1 fine per day for overdue recalled items. Overdue fines for multimedia items accrue at the rate of $2 per day. If an item becomes 30 days overdue, it is considered "lost," and a $50-$125 replacement charge and $10 processing fee are applied, and the patron record is blocked from further transactions.
Obtain a borrower's cardIf 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.
- Start the application process at your home institution.
- Your home institution will submit your completed SHARES Reciprocal Borrowing Program Application to Northwestern.
- Northwestern will contact you directly when your SHARES application has been received and processed.
- Visit the Main Library Circulation Desk, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
- Present a government issued photo ID card (passport, driver's license)
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.