The new agreement will extend standardized reciprocal interlibrary loan privileges across
- 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
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.