Access Cards

WHAT? RRLC Access is a direct borrowing program in which many RRLC members participate.
WHO? It is available to current faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, professional and research staff of participating institutions, serious researchers through their public library, and selected high school students. The card is non-transferable.
WHERE? RRLC Access Cards are issued by the user’s own library. RRLC does not issue access cards to individuals.The Access Card may be used at participating libraries listed below, which also lists levels of access and lending policies of libraries.
WHEN?  RRLC Access Cards are issued to eligible users needing extensive use of other participating libraries only after the home library’s resources have been fully utilized. RRLC Access Cards are not designed for use when interlibrary loan would suffice.
WHY?  RRLC Access is one of a variety of services developed by the Rochester Regional Library Council to help library users get the information resources they need.

The RRLC Access Card Program is based on the premise that participating RRLC libraries will translate their commitment to cooperation and service into library access for users of other libraries in the region, even though their collections may not otherwise be open to the public. The program is meant to provide serious library users with access to resources not available either in the library with which they are primarily affiliated or in other libraries open to the public.

The Access Card Program is particularly helpful to users who need something from another collection immediately, who need to browse through a specialized collection, who lack sufficient bibliographic information for effective interlibrary loan, or who need to use resources which cannot be borrowed or photocopied.

This program is open to Full, Associate, and Affiliate members (including members of public and school library systems) in good standing of RRLC. Patron members are not eligible except through a participating Issuing Library. Participation in the Access Card Program is voluntary.

Requesting Access Cards
Does your library want to participate in the Access Card program? Download the Participation Form.

Issuing Access Cards
Libraries that issue Access Cards must comply with the program’s guidelines and procedures as outlined in the RRLC Access Card Procedures Manual. For each Access Card, the issuing library needs to complete the RRLC Access Card Application Form. The form is signed by the patron and retained at the issuing library.

See the Policies Chart below or download the PDF version.

For more information, contact, Subject: Access Card