Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement

You may be eligible for borrowing privileges at other Canadian academic libraries through the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement.

What is the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement?
The 22 university libraries that comprise the Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) initiated a program to extend library borrowing privileges to faculty, graduate students, and staff of the member institutions.  Agreements with other Canadian academic library consortia extended these privileges to libraries across the country, including Ontario, Quebec & the Atlantic provinces (Note: the University of Toronto is not included in this agreement). The ability to use library services at a university in another city or province is a distinct advantage to those who are on sabbatical, working or visiting off-campus.

Who is eligible to apply for reciprocal library privileges?
SFU faculty, staff, and graduate and undergraduate students, including distance education students.
As of June 1, 2003 SFU undergraduates are eligible for library cards at UBC. This is a change to the previous Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement.

How do I apply for a card at these institutions?
Students, faculty and staff should check with the Circulation/Loans Desk at the Bennett, Belzberg or Surrey campus Libraries to obtain a COPPUL card (ensures individuals have appropriate identification) before visiting another Canadian university library. Please do this before leaving for the distant site. Distance Education students should contact the Telebook office at the Bennett Library for assistance in aquiring a COPPUL card. Other students who are not able to travel to the Burnaby, Surrey or Downtown campuses should contact Library Loans Division at for assistance. For further details on this program, please see the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement.

Whose policies and procedures apply for COPPUL Reciprocal Borrowing?
Reciprocal borrowers will be required to adhere to the policies in place at the libraries they are visiting. For example, SFU does not provide interlibrary loan services to reciprocal borrowers and this restriction may apply at other institutions.