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What Is Reciprocal Borrowing?

Regent University Library participates in several reciprocal borrowing agreements that allow Regent students, faculty, and staff in-person borrowing privileges at participating college and university libraries throughout the United States and Canada - extending direct user access to print resources at no cost. These programs are particularly useful to those living closer to a participating library - providing more convenient and timely access to materials. 

Borrowing privileges are determined by the lending library and may differ from your borrowing privileges at Regent Library. Users are responsible for returning checked-out material to the lending library and for any fees or charges incurred. 

We currently participate in the four (4) reciprocal/cooperative borrowing programs listed below. To learn more about these programs, including names of participating libraries, borrowing privileges, and more, simply click on the hyperlinks below or click on the above tabs. 

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Reciprocal Borrowing Program arrangement between participating North American ATLA Institutional Members to grant check-out privileges to each other’s patrons/students. 

The Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) Reciprocal Borrowing Program is a consortium of ACL institutions extending in-person borrowing privileges to authorized patrons from other ACL institutions. This program allows Regent students, faculty, and staff in-person borrowing privileges to the physical collections of participating Christian institutions. This access is especially valuable for those who may not live near their home institution.

The Virginia Tidewater Consortium (VTC) for Higher Education is a consortium of higher education institutions located in the Hampton Roads area of southeastern Virginia participating in reciprocal direct borrowing. This program allows Regent students, faculty, and staff of member institutions to visit a participating VTC school and check out material from the library. 

The Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) Cooperative Borrowing Program is a consortium of nonprofit academic libraries within the Commonwealth of Virginia participating in reciprocal direct borrowing. This program allows Regent students, faculty, and staff to visit a participating VIVA school and check out material from the library. 

ACL Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The Association of Christian Librarians (ACL) Reciprocal Borrowing Program is a program whereby participating ACL institutions extend in-person borrowing privileges to authorized patrons from other ACL institutions. This service allows Regent University students, faculty, and staff reciprocal access to the physical collections of participating Christian libraries. A list of libraries participating in the program can be found here. A map of participating libraries and their contact information can be found here (if this page doesn't display properly, open with private/incognito browsing).

How to Borrow:

  • The borrower completes the top portion of this Authorization Form and either drops it off at the Regent Library Circulation Desk, emails it to Dorothy Hargett, Head of Access Services, at dorohar@regent.edu, or mails form to Regent University Library, Attn: Dorothy Hargett, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23464, where your form will be processed, and a signed copy from Regent University Library provided to you in order that you may receive borrowing privileges from a participating library. Currently, enrolled students in good standing and employed faculty and staff are eligible. Regent University Library has the authority to issue or deny this privilege.
  • The borrower takes the signed Authorization Form along with a photo ID to a participating library. Privileges and loan periods (such as loan periods, fines/fees, material types loaned, etc.) are determined by the lending library and may vary from those of the borrower’s home institution (Regent University).
  • Borrower returns materials to the lending library by the requested due date and pays any applicable fines and fees for late, lost, or damaged materials as determined by the lending library.

 

ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program

The American Theological Library Association (ATLA) Reciprocal Borrowing Program is an arrangement between participating North American ATLA Institutional Members to grant in-person borrowing privileges to each other’s patrons/students.

A patron/student goes to a participating library, shows proof of current enrollment at another participating library, and checks out materials based on the library’s local lending policies. ‚Äč Click for a list of participating school libraries and their contact information.

VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program

The VIVA Cooperative Borrowing Program allows Regent students, faculty, and staff in-person borrowing privileges from any participating library (Students must show school ID and login to home university Blackboard for proof of enrollment). Not all VIVA schools participate in the program, and there may be restrictions on the number and type of items one can borrow.  

Program guidelines can be found here, and a list of participating institutions can be found here

Regent faculty, staff, and students must comply with all policies of the participating library they are utilizing. This program is especially helpful for those living closer to another participating VIVA library.

 

VIVA Borrowing Privileges For Guests From Other Universities

Authentication:  Students must show school ID and login to home university blackboard for proof of enrollment.

Regent Library Lending Rules: 10 books at a time for a 30 day lending period. Overdue fines are $0.25/day; replacement fee is the cost of book + $25 processing fee.