Borrowing from other libraries in Canada

Effective May 1, 2002, 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.

Reciprocal borrowing privileges are determined by each lending (host) library and usually provide shorter loan periods than those available at the individual's home library. Some library materials such as periodicals, videos, and books on course reserve may not be available for loan.

Details provided by each participating institution on the policies they hold for reciprocal borrowers is available at http://www.curba.ca/

Effective October 1st, 2009, University of Toronto has established fees for direct borrowers. Please see the University of Toronto's fees page for more information.

The lending library's regulations related to loan periods, renewal and recall procedures, and fines will apply to all loans. Lost or damaged materials should be reported to the library from which the item was borrowed. Students, faculty and staff are responsible for paying any fines, lost book charges or processing charges incurred.


Graduate Students, Faculty and Staff

Graduate students, faculty and staff are entitled to borrowing privileges at participating libraries.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students are entitled to borrowing privileges at most participating libraries. There are some exceptions in Ontario and Quebec, which are noted on the list of participating Libraries.

Identification Required for Reciprocal Borrowing

In some cases, host libraries, such as those from Quebec, will require a specially issued card for identification purposes. University of Windsor students, faculty and staff can request the issuance of this card – the Inter-University Borrowing Project (IUBP) card from the Circulation Desk.