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The Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program creates an arrangement between participating North American Atla Institutional Members and Affiliate Candidate Libraries to grant check-out privileges to each other’s patrons/students. A patron/student walks into a participating library, shows proof of current enrollment at another participating library, and checks out materials based on its local lending policies.
Open to current Institutional Members and Affiliate Candidate Libraries in North America. A library may only participate if they can also receive students from other participating libraries at a physical library location.
If you are a librarian at an eligible member institution, review the Reciprocal Borrowing Participation Guidelines, and agree to adhere to them by completing the Agreement. Atla staff will review your information, verify your library’s eligibility, and add your library will to the official participation list in 1-2 business days.
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage individuals to contact the library directly before their visit.*
Want to check out a book or other materials? Look to see if your institution’s library participates in the program and find a library close to you (and their contact information):
Promote the program in your library! Direct your patrons/students to the following resources to find a participating location:
To update your profile and specify your library’s lending policies, fill out the Library Profile form.
If your library currently participates in this program, join the Reciprocal Borrowing Program listserv to stay up to date and communicate with librarians at other participating institutions. Contact us to request to join.
Atla staff host an annual virtual meeting for participants of the Reciprocal Borrowing Program. The December 9, 2020 recording is now available here.
Atla funds and administers a $5,000 annual lost item insurance fund for program participants. Libraries who have lent an item that has not been returned may request replacement funds at any time. Requests will be processed twice a year (January and June). Both Lending and Home libraries will be required to document their best faith efforts to retrieve the borrower’s item(s).
If your library has lent an item and it has not been returned, download the Reciprocal Borrowing Replacement Item Fund Request Form.
Contact Member Programs for more information.