OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program (RFBP)

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.

UK Faculty Visiting Other RFBP Institutions

  • Any current, full-time University of Kentucky faculty member may participate in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program.
  • UK faculty should consult the RFBP Participant List to determine if the institution they intend to visit participates in the RFBP.
  • UK faculty need to contact the W.T. Young Library Circulation Department for program information and a RFBP card.
  • Access and privileges for visiting faculty vary from institution to institution. UK faculty visiting other libraries are expected to follow the policies of the institution they are visiting.

Faculty Visiting the University of Kentucky

  • The University of Kentucky Libraries offers borrowing privileges to faculty from institutions that participate in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program.
  • See the RFBP Participant List to determine if your institution is part of the RFBP.
  • Faculty from participating institutions should contact their home university library to obtain a RFBP card.
  • Upon arrival at UK, visiting faculty should bring the RFBP card, a valid university ID and a current photo ID (if the university ID does not have a photo) to the W.T. Young Library Circulation Desk. Circulation staff will verify faculty status and issue a UK borrower’s card. Visiting faculty will be expected to follow UK Libraries' borrowing privileges and policies.
  • UK Libraries reserves the right to suspend library privileges of UK faculty or visiting faculty if Library policies are not followed.


Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Privileges and Policies for Non-UK Faculty


Requirements for Checking Out Materials

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.


Types of Material That May Be Borrowed: 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.


Material Limit: 10 items at one time


Loan Period: 28 days from day of checkout


Recalls: 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.


Renewals: 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.



  • Books = $.25/item/day
  • Reserves = $.60/item/day
  • Recalls = $2.00/item/day

Interlibrary Loan (ILL): OCLC Reciprocal Borrowing Faculty are not eligible for ILL services at UK Libraries. ILL services may be available at your home institution.


Online Database Access: 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.



Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program - More Information


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.


The Program

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.


How Faculty Participate

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.


It is the Responsibility of the Faculty Member to:

  • Ask the home library to check the OCLC online Name-Address Directory record for information pertinent to the institution they plan to visit.
  • Present identification when requesting a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card from the home library and show that card, along with other required identification, when borrowing materials from another library.
  • Observe the regulations of the lending library.
  • Return materials, in person or by mail, within the loan period prescribed by the lending library.
  • Return materials immediately, in person or by express mail, if recalled by the lending library.
  • Pay all fines or other charges incurred due to late return of materials or damage to materials.

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.


RFBP Participating Institutions




Please contact Terri Brown in the William T. Young Library Circulation Department for more information.

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