EMU, U-M students and staff now enjoy reciprocal library borrowing privileges at each institution

by Geoff Larcom, Published September 26, 2012

More books, more resources and more libraries.

Staff and students at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan now have even more extensive library borrowing privileges under a new reciprocal agreement between EMU and U-M.

EMU's Halle Library.

The new agreement allows U-M participants borrowing privileges at EMU's Halle Library, while Eastern staff and students can check out resources at U-M libraries, including the Shapiro Undergraduate Library and the Hatcher Graduate Library, located on The Diag on U-M's Central Campus. EMU staff can also visit the Thompson Library on the U-M Flint campus, the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library on North Campus and the Taubman Health Sciences Library on the U-M Medical Campus.

To qualify, you must be a currently enrolled student or current faculty or staff member in good standing at your own library.

Faculty (including lecturers) at the two institutions will continue to have reciprocal borrowing privileges under established guidelines; you simply show your faculty ID to circulation staff when you are ready to check out.

"This is a tremendous resource for both our students and staff," said Kim Schatzel, EMU provost and vice president. "It's a great partnership between two universities that are only eight miles apart."

Tara Fulton, Dean of the University Library at EMU, said, "Students always had the option of requesting materials on interlibrary loan, but now they have the ability to browse the stacks at the other institution's library and know they can check out books or media that will help them with their research."

"U-M is delighted to enter into this partnership with our sister institution," said Rebecca Dunkle, associate university librarian for library operations at U-M. "It allows students and researchers to easily take advantage of our rich collections."

Mallory Apel, an EMU masters student in occupational therapy from Sylvania, Ohio, said of the new agreement, "This is great for students, especially those who are involved in research. We now have immediate access to the materials we need."

The agreement came about after discussions involving EMU and U-M library officials, including extensive help from Dunkle.

 "Rebecca's involvement and interest was critical to the process," said EMU Regent Beth Fitzsimmons.

Fitzsimmons, who also was instrumental in helping create the agreement, has particular expertise in libraries. She has a doctorate in information policy from George Mason University. From 2003-2008, she chaired the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, a presidential appointment.

In order to register, students and staff must first visit the circulation desk of your home institution, presenting your ID at EMU's Halle Library, the U-M Hatcher Graduate Library or the U-M Flint's Thompson Library as appropriate. Then you would bring a picture ID with you to pick up your guest borrower's card at the other institution's circulation desk.

Borrowing privileges and library cards for students and staff are valid for the current term, and can be renewed by visiting the circulation desk of your home institution.

While visiting any of the participating libraries, you can also access electronic resources, make use of special collections and archives, and enjoy the many study spaces in these distinctive buildings. The U-M business school and law libraries are not included in the agreement.

Most items circulate for three weeks, and may be renewed unless requested by another borrower. Items must be returned to the library from which they were borrowed.

Three bus routes - along Washtenaw Avenue, Packard Road and on Huron River Drive - are available between EMU's campus and U-M's Ann Arbor campus. See theride.org for detailed route information.



Geoff Larcom



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