Library:Reciprocal Borrowing for Visiting Students, Faculty & Staff

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Borrowing In-person at UBC Library

  • UBC Library participates in the following Reciprocal Borrowing agreements: CURBA, CPSLD and OCLC.
  • Access restrictions apply at the Community Borrower level.
  • Reciprocal Borrowing requests are currently being processed online, due to UBC library branches being closed.
  • Complete the UBC Reciprocal Borrowing library card application form located at the top of the page and obtain a valid identification card for Reciprocal Borrowing (e.g. COPPUL) from your current academic institution.
  • Submit the application form and your identification card for Reciprocal Borrowing as PDFs to library.cards@ubc.ca for processing.
  • The account details and instructions for collecting your UBC library card will be sent by email.


CURBA: Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Program

  • A Canada-wide reciprocal borrowing agreement allowing faculty, including emeriti and retired faculty, staff and students of participating university libraries at the following regional consortia to obtain free borrowing privileges and access at the libraries of host institutions:
  • COPPUL: Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries
  • OCUL: Ontario Council of University Libraries
  • CREPUQ: Conference des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec
  • CAUL: Council of Atlantic University Libraries


CPSLD: Council of Post Secondary Library Directors BC


OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program