Eastern Michigan University students and staff now have borrowing privileges at eight University of Michigan libraries. The Reciprocal Borrowing program allows students from both universities access to Halle Library, seven libraries throughout U of M’s Ann Arbor campus and one located at the U of M-Flint campus.
Enrolled students and active staff and faculty are eligible to use the program. Electronic resources, archives, study spaces and over 12 million books are now available for students to use.
“I live in Ann Arbor so it will be easier,” EMU senior Lauren White said. “I think a lot of commuters will take advantage of this.”
EMU senior and Halle Library staff worker Tony Davis isn’t sure the program will get much use, but he thinks it’s a good idea.
“I think it will be a lowly utilized program,” he said. “It is a wonderful perk though, and having the ability to use different libraries is a convenience.”
To get access to the U of M libraries, EMU students and staff must register at the Halle Library circulation desk. A picture ID must then be brought to the Hatcher Graduate Library’s circulation desk in Ann Arbor or the Thompson Library in Flint, where the guest borrower cards will be issued.
Library locations, downloadable U of M library card request forms and other information on the Reciprocal Borrowing agreement can be found at www.emich.edu/library.
Items from any of the participating libraries are allowed to be checked out for three weeks and may be renewed as long as they remain unrequested by another borrower. Books and other resources must be returned to the library where they were originally issued.
The Ann Arbor Transportation Authority currently has three bus routes between EMU’s campus and U of M Ann Arbor. Detailed information on city routes can be found at www.theride.org.