|Reciprocal Borrowing and Patron Verification|
The reciprocal borrowing agreement between state universities and colleges entitles any current university or college student, staff, or faculty member to check out materials from any other participating library.
In 1999, Florida’s public colleges and universities signed a Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement which provides students, staff, and faculty at any of these institutions the right to borrow materials from the other institutions. When a student from another college or university walks into the library and wants to check out a book, the Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement states that they have this privilege.
The process for creating a reciprocal borrower patron record varies by institution. If local procedures are already in place, as they might be for users with a SEFLIN card or with joint use agreements, then that process can be used. If the lending institution serves community patrons, the patron record may be created with the status of “community user.”
When the reciprocal patron is from a college and the lending institution is a college, college library staff can use Remote Registration functionality to perform checks to ensure the patron is in good standing at his or her home institution and to download the global patron information. This procedure is detailed in the (LINCC) Aleph Circulation manual. Contact the FLVC Help Desk if you need a copy of those instructions.
For all other scenarios, library staff can use the appropriate Reciprocal Borrowing web page to verify that the patron is in good standing. After verification, library staff can create a patron record using the applicable local patron status. To use the Reciprocal Borrowing web pages, you must contact the FLVC Help Desk to register the IP address of the computer you will be using to verify patrons.