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Visiting other Libraries

National Programs and Harvard University

In addition to the Boston Library Consortium, Brandeis University Library and Technology Services belongs to other programs through which you may gain access to other libraries and their collections.

OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program

The Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program of OCLC grants faculty members of participating institutions borrowing privileges at some of the most important research libraries in North America.

Consult the list of OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program participants to see if the library you are interested in visiting participates in this program.

Access details:

  • Brandeis University faculty must register for an OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing card at the Info & Borrowing desk at the Main Library.
  • Faculty members visiting from participating institutions must register for a borrowing card at their home institution.

Research Libraries Group (RLG) SHARES program

The SHARES program grants Brandeis faculty members, professional staff and students on-site access and usage privileges at other SHARES institutions. This does not include borrowing privileges.

Consult the list of SHARES institutions to see if the library you are interested in visiting is a member of SHARES.

Access details:
  • Brandeis University faculty must present a Brandeis ID card when visiting a SHARES institution, and may even want to call the library first to inquire about any other requirements that may be in place.
  • Faculty members visiting Brandeis from other SHARES institutions should present an ID card from their institution.

Harvard University Libraries

Harvard University has over 100 libraries, and each one has its own rules for on-site use. Before going to Harvard with the intention of using one of the libraries, be sure to consult the appropriate library's web page to see if and how you can gain access.

If you need a letter of introduction, please email researchhelp@brandeis.edu. 

Please read about accessing Widener and other Harvard libraries here.