Answered By: Signe Boudreau
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2017     Views: 108

Yes, there are a few ways that non-UNL patrons (Community Members) can check out materials from the UNL Libraries.

  • If you are affiliated with another Nebraska college or university, you have reciprocal borrowing privileges with the UNL Libraries. You must provide an identification card from that university or college.
  • If you are a member of the University of Nebraska Alumni Association, one benefit is borrowing privileges from the UNL Libraries.
  • Lastly, if you are a resident of the state of Nebraska, you are eligible for a fee-based borrower's card.  

Information on all three types of non-UNL user cards can be found using the link in the "More Info/Sources" section below, including the types of identification that will be required to obtain a library card.

Borrowing privileges extend to books and CDs/DVDs but do not include journals or course reserves.

Another option is to request things from the UNL Libraries using the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services of your own local library.

Comments (3)

  1. This answer seems to indicate that if a community user is affiliated with any college in Nebraska, they will have reciprocal borrowing privileges at no cost.

    However, the linked page with borrowing policies (http://libraries.unl.edu/librarycards#tab2) only identifies UNO, UNK and UNMC as reciprocal borrowers.

    How does that work? Would someone from Peru State or Nebraska Wesleyan, for example, have privileges as reciprocal borrowers?
    by Tim Lentz on May 28, 2016.
  2. The Libraries' website has recently undergone changes--and the previous version of this page listed information regarding reciprocal borrowing privileges for students and faculty at all Nebraska colleges, including community colleges. I will report that this information be added to the page.
    by Signe Boudreau on May 28, 2016.
  3. There is now a link to the list of participating institutions. Both Nebraska Wesleyan and Peru State College are on the list. I'll add the link to this answer, too.
    by Anna Wigtil on May 31, 2016.