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In-Person Borrowing at BC & Canadian University Libraries

Borrowing privileges at other B.C. public post-secondary institutions

The VIU Library participates in the CPSLD reciprocal borrowing agreement.

The CPSLD policy on reciprocal borrowing is as follows:

"Current students & employees of one publicly funded B.C. post-secondary institution are granted on-site borrowing privileges at another B.C. post-secondary institution library, free of charge, & that permission is reciprocated."

The CPSLD reciprocal borrowing procedure is as follows:

"Students & employees must present valid identification from their institution when borrowing materials from another institution library. Reciprocal borrowers are registered at the lending library according to the lending library’s practice (e.g. expiry date established by lending library).

Loan policies  e.g. types of items loaned, number of items, length of borrowing period) of the lending library are followed. Materials must be returned to the lending library and will not be cleared from the borrower’s record until they reach the lending library. Any costs (for overdue fines, damaged or lost materials) are paid by the borrower to the lending library."

Borrowing privileges at other Canadian university libraries

As a member of the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL), the VIU Library is a participant in the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA).

CURBA is a national agreement allowing VIU Students, faculty and staff access to in-person borrowing privileges at most Canadian university libraries.  Participants in this agreement include member libraries of the following four regional consortia:

  • CAUL/CBUA: Council of Atlantic University Libraries/Conseil des Bibliothèques Universitaires de l'Atlantique
  • CREPUQ: Conférence des Recteurs Et des Principaux des Universités du Québec
  • OCUL: Ontario Council of University Libraries
  • COPPUL: Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries

Complete list of participating university libraries.

To be eligible to borrow under this agreement, VIU Students, faculty and staff first must obtain a COPPUL Card from any VIU Campus Library.  Present your VIU Student or employee card to Library Service Desk staff.  Your eligibility will be verified and you will be issued a COPPUL Card.  Your COPPUL Card expires on August 31 each year, or at the end of the current semester, whichever is applicable.

To borrow at any participating CURBA library, present your COPPUL Card.  A borrowing card for that library will be issued to you.  Keep your COPPUL Card to use at other CURBA participant libraries.

Lending privileges vary between participating libraries.  Some fees may apply for specific services.  Borrowers are expected to adhere to all rules, loan policies and fee charges in place at the library visited.  To avoid disappointment, obtain information on the privileges granted prior to your visit.

For more information about acquiring or using your COPPUL Card, ask your Campus Library Service Desk or your liaison librarian.

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