The OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program (RFBP) enables faculty members to directly access library collections at participating research libraries in the United States and Canada.
You must obtain an OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card from the library at your home institution prior to your visit. Present the card and a current university photo ID at the W.T. Young Library Circulation Desk to obtain a UK Libraries card.
: General circulating material, reserves, and materials at off-site storage. Items that may not be checked out include study rooms and carrels, Special Collections materials, reference materials, microforms, laptops, and periodicals.
: 10 items at one time
: 28 days from day of checkout
: All materials are subject to recall by other library patrons. If an item is recalled, you will be notified by e-mail or phone and will have 14 days from the recall date to return the material before fines are assessed. Recall fines are $2.00 per item per day.
: Materials may be renewed twice, for an additional loan period of 28 days for each renewal. If the material is still needed after the second renewal, you must bring the material to the Young Library Circulation Desk to return or renew. Items on reserve may not be renewed.
: OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing Faculty are not eligible for ILL services at UK Libraries. ILL services may be available at your home institution.
: All library visitors may access UK Libraries databases on-campus at W.T. Young Library and the branch libraries. Off-campus database access is restricted to current UK faculty, staff, and students. Off-campus database access may be available through your home institution’s library.
The following information is from the OCLC pamphlet Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program. (OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., Dublin, Ohio). Relevant links have been added.
To promote and facilitate scholarly research and communication among members of their faculties, the university research libraries (members of the Association of Research Libraries) of OCLC have established a program to provide broader access to scholarly materials. Under the aegis of the Research Libraries Advisory Committee to OCLC (RLAC), the libraries have developed an agreement to extend library privileges to faculty members of other research universities that are ARL members.
Materials may be used on the premises of the owning library or may be borrowed, depending on the policies of the lending library.
Privileges vary from institution to institution. Faculty members intending to visit a participating library should ask their home libraries to check online in the OCLC Name-Address Directory for the limitations and relevant policies and practices of the prospective lending library.
A faculty member from an institution participating in the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program may request a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card from the home library. To borrow materials, the visiting faculty member must present the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card and any other identification the lending library requires at the main campus library of any participating institution.
Please note that this is a program of privileges. At its discretion, a participating institution may suspend the privileges of its own faculty members or of the faculty members of another participating institution.
Please contact Jen Bartlett in the William T. Young Library Circulation Department for more information.