Resource Sharing Agreements

The COPPUL Resource Sharing Community brings together COPPUL members who have roles in supporting resource sharing (interlibrary loan/document delivery or ILL/DD) activity within COPPUL as well as in the national and global context.

Institutional Borrowing 

COPPUL Resource Sharing Policies and Practices

In 2019, the COPPUL Resource Sharing Working Group created the COPPUL Resource Sharing Policies and Practices document to codify and clarify consortial agreements relating to resource sharing (interlibrary loan – ILL/document delivery – DD) for COPPUL Full Members. 


The COPPUL Resource Sharing Working Group also formalized the resource sharing agreement between COPPUL, the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL), the Council of Atlantic Academic Libraries - Conseil des bibliothèques postsecondaires de l’Atlantique (CAAL-CBPA) and Partenariat des bibliothèques universitaires du Québec (PBUQ).   In the interest of developing Canadian resource sharing and promoting common standards, COPPUL, OCUL, CAAL-CBPA and PBUQ agreed to extend reciprocal interlibrary loan / document delivery privileges according to the terms outlined in this document. As a basic principle, all parties agreed to exhaust local resource sharing opportunities before borrowing from each other.

Patron Borrowing


The CURBA agreement, created in 2002, outlines principles and procedures for extending reciprocal borrowing privileges to students, faculty and staff from universities across Canada. It is based on the premise that resource sharing is a fundamental goal of library consortia that can be effectively implemented on a national level through provincial and regional cooperation. To participate in the CURBA program, a valid university identification card or a valid participating regional consortia card is required. Students, faculty and staff should check with the library of their home institution to ensure they have the appropriate identification before visiting another Canadian university library. Please visit the CURBA site for additional information