CATEGORY: SUPPORT SERVICES
SECTION: Library and Instructional Resources
SUBJECT: Special Library Cards and Access to University Libraries
EFFECTIVE DATE: September 10, 1990
This policy establishes the criteria for extending borrowing privileges and providing
access to University of Pittsburgh Libraries, and the responsibilities for issuing
Special Library Cards, regulating their use, and collecting and maintaining patron data.
This policy is applicable to all University of Pittsburgh libraries. These include:
- University Library System (ULS) libraries Graduate School of Business, Chemistry
and Computer Science, East Asian, Economics, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graduate
School of Public and International Affairs, Hillman, Langley, Mathematics, Music,
Physics, School of Library and Information Science
- Non-ULS Libraries Falk, Law, Nursing, WPIC, and the regional campus libraries
at Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown and Titusville.
Access to University Libraries
All University libraries permit access to individuals who have been issued a University
Identification (ID) Card. For additional information refer to Policy 07-10-01, University
Library borrowing privileges may be extended to persons who have been issued a
University Identification (ID) Card. Subject to the approval of the Provost or the Senior
Vice President for Health Sciences, the ULS Library System and the non-ULS libraries
each determines specific borrowing privileges for their library patrons.
Borrowing privileges are provided for categories of patrons who will be issued a Special
Library Card in accordance with an established agreement with a particular library.
The privileges are defined by the responsible library.
Use of Library Cards in Lieu of ID Cards
University libraries may issue Special Library Cards without charge to individuals
belonging to programs which have negotiated an agreement for borrowing privileges
at a University library. Special Library Cards may also be purchased. Borrowing
privileges are defined above.
Special Library Cards are provided without charge to individuals contributing $100 or
more to the University through the Annual Giving Fund.
All Special Library Cards are created and issued by the University Libraries with a
variable expiration date not exceed one year from the date of issue.
University Libraries are responsible for collecting and maintaining patron data for all
library users that are not eligible for University ID Cards but are issued Special Library
Cards for access to University Libraries.
The schedule of annual fees for use of Library Cards is reviewed by the Coordinating
Committee of University Libraries (CCUL), and/or updated as required.
Procedure 10-03-03, Special Library Cards and Access to University Libraries
Policy 10-03-01, NOTIS: University Libraries Integrated Online Circulation System