Reciprocal Borrowing Agreements

University of Pittsburgh

The University of Pittsburgh Library System and WVU Libraries have a reciprocal borrowing agreement that provides the following privileges pertaining only to circulating books at each institution:

This agreement pertains to students and faculty at both institutions. Fines incurred by WVU users at Pitt Libraries will be the responsibility of that user. Users who do not pay fines and/or replacements costs at Pitt will be blocked from borrowing privileges at West Virginia University Libraries until the debt is paid. This agreement is re-negotiated each year by the respective director and Dean of the participating institutions. Check Pitt's page onSpecial Borrower Cards for further information.

OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program


West Virginia University participates in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program which allows faculty members of participating institutions to have library borrowing privileges and on-site access to the collections of some of the most important research libraries in North America. This program was developed under the aegis of the Research Libraries Advisory Committee to OCLC and is designed to extend library privileges to faculty members at other research universities.


Full and Part-time Faculty in good standing with the WVU Libraries with picture I.D. and a library card are eligible to apply for a RFBP card. This card will be valid for one year from date of issue and is renewable.


Faculty members may request a RFBP card at the Circulation Desks of the Evansdale, Health Sciences, Law or Wise Libraries. The faculty members will be given two forms to sign that explain their responsibilities and acknowledge that they (and not WVU) are responsible for materials borrowed, fines, etc. One copy will be kept on file at the respective Circulation desk and the other copy given to the faculty member. A card will be issued along with a brochure of participating institutions.

Reciprocal Faculty Borrower Responsibilities

Present identification when requesting a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card from WVU libraries and show that card, along with other required identification, when borrowing materials from another library. Observe the regulations of the lending library. Return materials, in person or by mail, within the loan period prescribed by the lending library. Return materials immediately, in person or by express mail, if recalled by the lending library. The Faculty Borrower, and not WVU, is responsible for any and all fines and other charges incurred. Please note that this is a program of privileges. At its discretion, an institution may suspend the privileges of its own faculty members or the faculty members of a participating institution.


The membership roster is available in pdf format from OCLC.