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Reciprocal Borrowing Programs

E-ZBorrow On-Site Borrowing Program

Many E-ZBorrow libraries have chosen to extend free library use and on-site borrowing privileges to the patrons of the other E-ZBorrow member libraries.  Each E-ZBorrow library participating in this program has determined which categories of patrons (faculty, students, and staff) from the other participating libraries are eligible to use their library and borrow materials on-site. 

Here is the list of participating libraries.

Patron Procedures

  • Confirm the library you want to visit participates in this program.
  • Complete the Authorization Form and have it approved by Justin Hill, Head of Access Services, Charles Library.
  • Take the completed form to the library you want to visit (Host Library).  You may be asked for additional information to complete the registration process. Be sure to take your Temple OwlCard with you.
  • You are responsible for the materials you borrow from the Host Library you visit and are required to adhere to their due dates and policies.
  • You are responsible to return the items to the Host Library from which they were borrowed.  

SHARES Program

What is the SHARES On-Site Borrowing Pilot Program?

Temple graduate students, faculty and staff can visit libraries at all SHARES partner institutions without making prior arrangements.  

  • Simply present your Temple I.D. at any of the SHARES institutional libraries to gain access to the building.
  • Some restrictions apply; check the complete list of SHARES institutions and their local policies. 

In addition to accessing any of the SHARES Partner Institutions, a small number of SHARES libraries are offering the opportunity to create a library account and check out materials.  Partners in the pilot program are: Brandeis University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, Syracuse University, Temple University, University of California, Los Angeles, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Are you a Temple patron visiting a partner in the On-Site Borrowing Program?

  • Complete and submit the SHARES application online.
  • A Temple Universities Libraries staff member will verify your status with Temple and forward your application to the SHARES institution for which you plan to visit.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from the SHARES institution with details about when you can pick up your library card.

Are you visiting Temple from a SHARES institution?

If you are planning to simply visit, Charles Library is open to the public with a state issued photo ID card.

If you are visiting from one of the On-Site Borrowing pilot institutions and would like to borrow materials from Temple locally, follow the steps below to set up a Temple library account.

  • Start the application process at your home institution.
  • Your home institution will submit your completed SHARES Reciprocal Borrowing Program Application to Temple University.
  • Temple will contact you directly when your SHARES application has been received and processed.
  • Visit the circulation desk in Paley library during open hours.
  • Present a government issued photo ID card (passport, driver's license)
  • A Temple Library Card will NOT be issued without an approved application from your home institution; please make arrangements with your library before coming to Temple.
  • Your Temple Library Card will:
    • Be valid for one year from the issuing date.
    • Allow physical access and borrowing of circulating books in Paley libraries. 
    • Allow you to check out up to ten items for 8 weeks with one renewal.
    • Items can be returned at either Temple or your home institution's library.

University of Pennsylvania Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center/

Temple University Charles Library Program

Free courtesy borrowing privileges and access to the University of Pennsylvania’s main library, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, is available for all current Temple University faculty, students, and staff.

  • All Temple University affiliates must be in good standing with Temple University Libraries. This means a library account clear of fines or blocks. Please speak with TU Library staff if you have questions regarding your TU Library account.
  • All TU affiliates must visit the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center circulation desk to register for library privileges at Penn Libraries before visiting any other libraries on campus. All you need to register is your valid Temple University ID (OwlCard).
  • All TU affiliates must observe all Penn Libraries policies. You are responsible for any materials you borrow and must return them directly to the Penn Libraries.

Free courtesy borrowing privileges and access to Temple University’s Charles Library is available for all current University of Pennsylvania faculty, students, and staff.

  • All UPenn affiliates must be in good standing with the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. This means a library account clear of fines or blocks. Please speak with UPenn Library staff if you have questions regarding your UPenn Library account.
  • All UPenn affiliates must visit the Charles Library one-stop service desk to register for library privileges. All you need to register is your valid University of Pennsylvania ID card.
  • All UPenn affiliates must observe all Temple University Libraries’ policies. You are responsible for any materials you borrow and must return them directly to the Temple University Libraries.

Effective Date

MAY 01, 2020