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Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program

PALCI Reciprocal On-Site Borrowing Program

Some PALCI (Pennsylvania Academic Libraries Consortium, Inc.) libraries have chosen to extend free library use and on-site borrowing privileges to the patrons of the other PALCI member libraries. Each PALCI 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.

Patron Procedures

GWLA Onsite Reciprocal Circulation Agreement

Reciprocal circulation is a collaborative service whereby the faculty, staff and students of participating university libraries within GWLA (Greater Western Library Alliance) may borrow library materials on-site at other participating member libraries.

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh Library System and WVU Libraries have a reciprocal borrowing agreement that provides the following privileges pertaining only to circulating books at each institution:

This agreement pertains to students and faculty at both institutions. Fines incurred by WVU users at Pitt Libraries will be the responsibility of that user. Users who do not pay fines and/or replacements costs at Pitt will be blocked from borrowing privileges at West Virginia University Libraries until the debt is paid. This agreement is re-negotiated each year by the respective director and Dean of the participating institutions. Check Pitt's page on Special Borrower Cards for further information.

OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program


West Virginia University participates in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program which allows faculty members of participating institutions to have library borrowing privileges and on-site access to the collections of some of the most important research libraries in North America. This program was developed under the aegis of the Research Libraries Advisory Committee to OCLC and is designed to extend library privileges to faculty members at other research universities.


Full and Part-time Faculty in good standing with the WVU Libraries with picture I.D. are eligible to apply for a RFBP card. This card will be valid for one year from date of issue and is renewable.


Faculty members may request a list of participating libraries and a RFBP card at the Access Services Desk at any of the Morgantown WVU Libraries. After filling out a form the faculty member will be issued a card along with a brochure of participating institutions. The faculty member is solely responsible for following the lending rules of the reciprocal library and for returning any borrowed materials on time.

To borrow materials, faculty present the RFBP card, along with a WVU ID, at the Circulation Desk of the library from which they are borrowing.

Participating Libraries

The membership roster is available in pdf format from OCLC.