Benefits of SHARES Participation

On-site access for one's constituency: partners give each other's visiting faculty and scholars the same degree of access to collections and services that they provide for their own communities.

As a SHARES participant, you receive the same treatment and access to partners' collections as their visiting faculty or scholars do.

"It is an underpublicized feature of SHARES, but the experiences I have had with the program left a profound feeling of value."
—Brigham Young University

"SHARES onsite access is essential. For long runs of items, it is often easier and more practical for the researcher to go to the holding library, particularly if relatively local. Also, researchers do not always have the time to wait for interlibrary loan. For the serious scholar, being able to actually browse a collection has enormous value."
—Princeton University

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.