Reciprocal Borrowing privileges between libraries

The Hesburgh Libraries participate in reciprocal borrowing programs that provide current Notre Dame-affiliated users with in-person library borrowing privileges at participating institutions. Privileges vary by program as well as by patron status; each participating university library has its own local policies.

Obtain a special borrowing card BEFORE traveling to other institutions. Show this card and your Notre Dame ID at the libraries you visit; they may also issue you another card for use at their library. Borrowing cards and information can be obtained at the Circulation/Reserves Desk, in the Hesburgh Library. The Circulation/Reserves desk is opened Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm.

The two (2) reciprocal borrowing programs in which the Hesburgh Libraries participate are:

ALI (Academic Libraries of Indiana): Notre Dame Faculty, Staff, Graduate, and Undergraduate students are eligible for borrowing privileges and on-site access to collections at all ALI institutions (list of ALI members).

OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program: To promote and facilitate scholarly research and communication among members of their faculties, the university research libraries (members of the Association of Research Libraries) of OCLC have established a program to provide broader access to scholarly materials. This agreement extends library privileges to faculty members of other research universities that are ARL members. Over 175 major research libraries in the United States and Canada participate in this program. Please check here or contact Circulation Services to see if the institution(s) you plan to visit participate in this program.

Instructions for Visitors from participating reciprocal libraries:

  • You must first obtain an ALI/OCLC card from your home institution's library before you will obtain a borrower's card at Notre Dame. This card affirms your status at your home library.
  • You must visit the Circulation/Reserve Desk during regular business hours ( Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm) to fill out a Hesburgh Libraries application.
  • You must present the ALI/OCLC card you obtained from your home institution's library, and a picture ID with current address.
  • You may check out three books on your initial visit. Only if you visit during regular business hours and have all the required paperwork.
  • You will receive an email verifying that your application has been accepted. Your Notre Dame borrowing card will be sent to you in the mail. It may not be picked up in person.

When planning further visits to ND, check the Hesburgh Libraries for building and service desk hours.

Privileges at Notre Dame for ALI/OCLC visitors:

  • Borrowing: 28 days
  • Renewing: 2 renewals for faculty; none for all other borrowers
  • Limit on number of books: May only have 10 books checked out at a time.
  • Recalling/Placing holds on Notre Dame materials: You will not be allowed to recall or place holds on ND materials.
  • Borrowing Journals: Cannot borrow journals but may read them in-house
  • Using other Notre Dame services: You may not use our ILL or Computer Cluster services
  • Subject to Recall: All materials you borrow from Notre Dame are subject to recall.