Western Faculty Borrowing at Other Universities

Western faculty borrowing at Canadian university libraries

Western faculty are eligible to borrow items in person from most Canadian university libraries through the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA), a resource sharing program. This agreement allows Western faculty to borrow in person at most libraries across Canada.

Alternatively, the Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC) offers the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program (RFBP). It provides faculty with access to scholarly materials held in a number of university research libraries across North America.

For more information, see Borrowing Items While Visiting Other Canadian University Libraries.

Western faculty borrowing at university libraries in the United States

Western faculty members are eligible to borrow in person from university libraries that participate in the OCLC RFBP.

For a list of member universities see: Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program. For information, see below.

Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program


To use this program you must:

  • obtain an RFBP card at any Western Libraries Service Desk before visiting the participating institution
  • present your RFBP card and your Western ONECard at the participating institution's library.

It is possible that the RFBP card may be limited to on-site browsing only, depending on the external institution's policies.

Lending Policies

The length of time and the type of items you are allowed to borrow depends on the policies of the lending institution. Please check their website for more information.

Fines and Suspensions

If items are recalled, it is your responsibility to return them in person or by courier by the date specified on the recall notice. You are financially responsible for any lost items, fines incurred or damage done to borrowed items.

RFBP is a program of privileges. The participating institution, at its discretion, may suspend the privileges of its own faculty or the faculty members of another institution.


Borrowed material must be returned in person, by mail or courier to the lending library within the specified loan period.