CURBA Press Release - June 18, 2002

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JUNE 18, 2002

 

CANADIAN UNIVERSITIES RECIPROCAL BORROWING AGREEMENT PROVIDES NATIONWIDE ACCESS TO LIBRARY RESOURCES

CAUL/CBUA
Council of Atlantic University Libraries/Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l’Atlantique

COPPUL
Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries

CREPUQ
Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec

OCUL
Ontario Council of University Libraries

Waterloo, Ontario: Effective May 1, 2002, Canadian university faculty, students and staff now have Reciprocal Borrowing Privileges at most Canadian universities. This ground-breaking initiative, negotiated by the four Canadian regional library consortia, CAUL/CBUA, COPPUL, CREPUQ and OCUL, provides access to over 90 Million volumes and significantly expands the availability of higher education information resources for faculty, students, and staff alike. 

Canadian university libraries have agreed to extend in-person borrowing privileges to students, faculty and staff from across the country. All that is required for borrowing is a valid university identification card or a valid participating regional consortia card. Borrowers will be subject to the regulations of the lending library and are expected to return items to the lending site if not within their own consortium.

 Through such unprecedented collaborative efforts, university libraries are demonstrating their commitment to equitable access, and providing an innovative response to 21st century learning models that enable study through distance learning, co-operative programmes and e-courses.

 "This cooperative approach has led to the creation of a National agreement." (Gwendolyn Ebbett, University Librarian University of Windsor and Chair of OCUL)

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For a list of participating libraries and exceptions see:
http://www.curba.ca/index.html

For further information please see the Circulation department of your home University library.