SHARES began as a collaborative effort of RLG over 20 years ago and is still going strong today. It enables participating institutions to agree on prices, procedures and policies; monitor their own performance; and manage work flow to support increased lending activities. In addition, this program gives each participant's faculty, students and staff on-site access to collections and services at the other SHARES institutions. This international sharing partnership—together with technology supplied by OCLC Research—expands and enhances local collections with materials owned by partners around the world.

For an overview of SHARES, see the SHARES 101 webinar page or the webinar video below.

SHARES is managed by the SHARES Executive Group. OCLC Research Library Partnership is a prerequisite to joining SHARES.

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We are a worldwide library cooperative, owned, governed and sustained by members since 1967. Our public purpose is a statement of commitment to each other—that we will work together to improve access to the information held in libraries around the globe, and find ways to reduce costs for libraries through collaboration.