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SHARES is a program run by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) that allows collaboration among partner libraries. UCLA students, staff and faculty can gain entry at all SHARES partner institutions(opens in a new tab) with their Bruincard. No prior arrangements are necessary.

SHARES On-Site Borrowing Pilot Program

A small number of SHARES libraries also allow members of other SHARES institutions to create a library account and check out materials. The partners in this pilot program are Brandeis University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, Syracuse University, Temple University, UCLA and Washington University in St. Louis. Local policies and some restrictions apply.

UCLA Students, Staff or Faculty

To visit partners in the on-site borrowing program:

  • Complete and submit the SHARES application(opens in a new tab).
  • The UCLA Interlibrary Loan Department will verify your status and forward your application to the SHARES institution you plan to visit.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from the institution you plan to visit with details about when you can pick up your library card.

For further information or questions, please contact Interlibrary Loans Manager Alicia Amador.

UCLA Visitors from a SHARES Institution

All our buildings are open to the public. No ID is required for entry. If you are visiting from one of the institutions in On-Site Borrowing Pilot Program and would like to borrow materials from UCLA Library, follow the steps below to set up a UCLA library account.

  • Start the application process at your home institution.
  • Your home institution will submit your completed SHARES Reciprocal Borrowing Program Application to the Library.
  • The Library will contact you directly when your SHARES application has been received and processed.
  • Visit the Charles E. Young Research Library (LINK TO Young Research Library hours) circulation desk and present a government issued photo ID to receive your library card.
  • Your library card will:
    • Be valid for one year from the date of issuance.
    • Allow physical access and borrowing of circulating books and DVDs at all UCLA libraries.
    • Allow you to check out up to twenty items for 4 weeks.
    • Allow you to return items at either UCLA or your home institution's library.

The Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library only allows limited access to its materials, including for members of SHARES institutions. Users from SHARES institutions who meet the requirements of the access policy(opens in a new tab) are eligible to use the Law Library and borrow materials by following the steps listed above.

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