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Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements with Other Universities

Northwestern University Libraries has reciprocal borrowing agreements with University of Chicago, Loyola University of Chicago, and University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) libraries. Members of the Northwestern community can access and borrow from these institutions, and vice versa. 

We also participate in the reciprocal borrowing through the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), the OCLS Onsite SHARES program, and the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program. See the links below for details.

Building access

For entrance to the library building, show your valid home institution ID at the entrance. An exception is the Galter Health Sciences Library and Pritzker Legal Research Center, which University of Chicago, Loyola and UIC users cannot access.

Borrowing privileges

Reciprocal borrowing allows non-affiliated users to borrow from Northwestern Libraries. Members of the Northwestern community may also take advantage of reciprocal borrowing programs to access materials and resources from other institutions. 

Non-Northwestern borrowers

University of Chicago, Loyola and UIC users (including current students, faculty or staff) may apply for a borrower's card at Northwestern.  Additional agreements via BTAA and OCLC can be found at the Additional borrowing programs link below.

Northwestern borrowers

Northwestern University students, faculty or staff can borrow from the University of Chicago, Loyola University, and The University of Illinois at Chicago. The Big Ten Academic Alliance borrowing program allows users to borrow at participating institutions, and OCLC's Onsite Borrowing program gives the Northwestern community access to collections at participating institutions throughout the country.

Northwestern faculty have additional privileges through the OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing Program.  

Find out how to obtain borrowing privileges.