This month, the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) began a universal borrowing pilot project that allows patrons at any VIVA institution (including Shenandoah) to borrow print books held at libraries that participate in the pilot project by simply walking in the building and presenting their home institution identification card.
In recognition of the increased importance of online education, it is believed that this project will benefit patrons who live near or visit other institutions, and it will have the most positive impact on distance education students.
The guidelines for this pilot project were developed to provide as much flexibility as possible to the individual institutions. The lending institution will determine the kinds of items to be lent, the limit on the number of items an individual can borrow, loan periods and fine and fee structures.
In return, the home library of the VIVA borrower agrees to work with the lending library to resolve issues as they arise. To date, 32 institutions have opted in as lenders and 34 have opted in as borrowers. The pilot will take place through May 31, 2014.
VIVA is the consortium of the libraries of 73 non-profit higher education institutions in Virginia. If you would like more information on which institutions are participating or have any other questions, please stop by Smith Library and talk to Assistant Librarian for Public Service David McKinney or email him at email@example.com.