Benefits of SHARES Participation

Collegiality, trust, mentoring, sharing expertise, and going the extra mile.

SHARES partners enjoy a special camaraderie and can be counted on to share expertise as well as library material. They tend to go the extra mile for SHARES partners.

"The sharing of expertise of among the SHARES community has also been a personal and institutional benefit."
—Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

"The one thing I will add is how much we value the collegiality that exists among all of the SHARES members. This underlies all of the other things we value, of course, but it's also something that we value above and beyond the operational issues and support that we receive from our SHARES partners."
—Yale University

"When I first began working at Princeton and attended my first SHARES meeting, I felt instantly welcomed and part of a very special group. Over the years I've developed close working relationships with many of my SHARES colleagues, far more so than with colleagues outside of SHARES either while I've been at Princeton or in my previous positions. This benefits all patrons of SHARES libraries. I'm able to call or e-mail a colleague and more likely receive a favorable response due to these relationships. I'm also more likely to help my SHARES colleagues."
—Princeton University

"We at MZA also feel strongly that SHARES is an extremely valuable resource for interlibrary lending. There is an inherent sense of trust with these libraries not only that they will take care of our materials, but also that they will send us what we need whenever possible, even if it is old or rare."
—Metropolitan Museum of Art

"Our SHARES colleagues are often more willing to put themselves out to investigate inaccurate references."
—University of Edinburgh

"The partnership helps to identify resources, facilitates collaboration and investigates service improvements in access and delivery to collections. SHARES, which includes libraries of many types and sizes as well as historical and cultural heritage institutions, plays an important role in helping us all provide outstanding service for the ongoing and future needs of our students, researchers and scholars."
—Binghamton 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.