The University of Delaware Library’s membership in the OCLC Research Library Partnership SHARES program enables current faculty, staff, and students to visit over 120 member libraries around the world, including those not normally open to the public, to use research collections on site. SHARES partner libraries include top research libraries, national libraries, art museums, and law libraries.
How does it work?
All visitors to SHARES libraries must present a current University of Delaware ID card as identification; additional forms of photo ID and/or a letter of introduction from the University of Delaware Library also may be required. Users are encouraged to contact the Collections Sharing and Delivery Department before planning a visit to a SHARES library. Staff can contact the SHARES liaison at the library you wish to visit to ask about required identification items, restrictions, hours of operation, or planned closures.
Can I check out materials from the SHARES library I visit?
Visits to SHARES libraries include only in person access to research materials. SHARES access does not include borrowing privileges.
Can I access electronic resources?
Access to electronic resources and databases varies by institution. If you are hoping to use an electronic resource on site, contact the SHARES library in advance, or contact the Collections Sharing and Delivery Department for help working with the SHARES library you plan to visit.
Can I receive research assistance from a SHARES library?
Yes, visitors may expect reference and informational assistance from staff at SHARES libraries.
Do you have more questions about SHARES?
Contact Megan Gaffney, Head, Collections Sharing and Delivery Department, for more information.