January 10, 2008

Library accord provides coast-to-coast access

Canadian university library-users are now supported by a single resource sharing agreement. For TWU students and employees, this national agreement will greatly expand access to resources that TWU doesn't own by improving interlibrary loan services. As well, the agreement will be particularly beneficial for distance students who use academic libraries across Canada. These distance patrons will be able to borrow directly from those institutions just by showing their COPPUL card issued by Alloway Library.

The new agreement will extend standardized reciprocal interlibrary loan privileges across Canada. The agreement includes:

  • no lending-fees for loan of books between participating libraries
  • four-day turnaround time from receipt of the request to the date the item is sent
  • three-week loan period for material that has to be returned to the supplying library
  • a standard charge for photocopied articles and other material that does not need to be returned to the supplying library

As a basic principle, all parties have agreed to exhaust local resource sharing opportunities before borrowing from each other.

The four signatories are Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universities du Québec (CREPUQ), and Council of Atlantic University Libraries

This agreement builds on the collaborative success of these four regional library consortia. Since May 2002 most Canadian universities have supported a reciprocal borrowing agreement to extend university-level library resources across the country, enabling in-person borrowing on the part of faculty, students and staff at participating institutions.

“This resource sharing agreement reflects the commitment of university libraries in creating the best possible educational opportunities and advancing Canada’s research and innovation agenda. Successful researchers tend to be intensive readers. Yet, no single university can provide all the materials required by their faculty and students. Thus the success of Canadian research is heightened by the collaborative efforts of university libraries to supply requested resources.” (Cynthia Archer, University Librarian York University and Chair of OCUL)

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