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Reciprocal Borrowing Program

What is it?
Reciprocal borrowing is a voluntary program whereby ACL institutions choosing to participate would extend in-person borrowing privileges to authorized patrons from other ACL institutions. Patrons, including faculty, students, and staff, have reciprocal access to the physical collections of participating Christian institutions. This access is especially valuable for those who may not live near their home institution. 
How to Participate:
General Policies
  • Reciprocal borrowing is a voluntary program. It is not a requirement for CLC or ACL institutions.
  • Participation is open to any institution with at least one full ACL member.
  • As the term reciprocal indicates, participating libraries agree to both lend and borrow. The purpose of the group is to expand the resources available to patrons not to replace the institutional responsibility to provide a library for their students.
  • Participating libraries must have a physical library collection which authorized patrons in the reciprocal borrowing program may access
  • Participating libraries are responsible for promoting the service to their own patrons, linking to the list of participating libraries on the ACL website, printing and/or providing electronic access to Authorization Form, and signing Authorization Forms in-person or virtually.
  • Lending libraries determine their own lending policies (such as loan periods, fines/fees, material types loaned, etc.) and are responsible for providing this information to patrons.
  • Borrower is ultimately responsible for paying any fines or fees for lost materials as determined by the lending library. However, staff at the lending library and home library are encouraged to work together to facilitate retrieval of overdue items or collection of fines/fees.
  • The email of the designated library representative will be added to a Reciprocal Borrowing Program discussion list to receive program updates.
Borrowing Procedures:
  • The borrower obtains a signed Authorization Form from the home library to receive borrowing privileges from a participating library. This Authorization Form can be downloaded and signed digitally.
  • Currently employed faculty and staff and currently, enrolled students in good standing are eligible. The home library has the authority to issue or deny this privilege.
  • The home library determines the length of a valid authorization. The authorization period may vary depending on the status of the borrower but should be no longer than a year.  When the authorization period expires, the borrower may request another signed authorization form from the home library.
  • The borrower takes the signed Authorization Form along with a photo ID to a participating library. Privileges and loan periods are determined by the lending library and may vary from those of the borrower’s home institution.
  • Borrower returns materials to the lending library by the requested due date and pays any applicable fines and fees for late, lost, or damaged materials as determined by the lending library. 
Lending Procedures:
  • The lending library collects Authorization Form and any additional contact information needed from the borrowing patron in order to create a library record for the patron.
  • The lending library provides the patron with a due date and the applicable circulation/fines policies.
  • The lending library communicates directly with the patron regarding overdue/replacement fees, however, may contact the home library for assistance if needed. 



Participating Libraries:

Baptist Bible College & Theological Seminary - Springfield, MO
Bethel College - Hampton, VA
Beulah Heights University - Atlanta, GA
Biola University - La Mirada, CA
Brewton-Parker College - Mt. Vernon, GA
Bryan College - Dayton, TN
Calvary Chapel University - San Diego, CA
Calvary University - Kansas City, MO
Carolina College of Biblical Studies - Fayetteville, NC
Carver Baptist Bible College, Institute & Theological Seminary - Kansas City, MO
Central Christian College of the Bible - Moberly, MO
Clarks Summit University - Clarks Summit, PA
Clear Creek Baptist Bible College - Pineville, KY
College of Biblical Studies Houston - Houston, TX 
Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, MI
Covenant Theological Seminary - St. Louis, MO
Crown College - St. Bonifacius, MN
Dordt University - Sioux Center, IA
Emmanuel College - Franklin Springs, GA
Emmaus Bible College - Dubuque, IA
EPIC Bible College & Graduate School, Sacramento, CA
Faith Baptist Bible College & Theological Seminary - Ankeny, IA
Family of Faith University - Shawnee, OK
Grace Christian University - Grand Rapids, MI
Grace College & Seminary - Winona Lake, IN
Heartland Christian College - Newark, MO
Heritage Bible College - Dunn, NC
Heritage Christian University - Florence, AL
Hope International University - Fullerton, CA
Hosanna Bible College - Durham, NC
Hudson Taylor University - Suwanee, GA
Huntington University - Huntington, IN
Indiana Wesleyan University - Marion, IN
Johnson University - Knoxville, TN
Judson College - Marion, AL
Kentucky Christian University - Grayson, KY
Kingswood University - Sussex, NB Canada
Life Pacific University - San Dimas, CA
Lincoln Christian University - Lincoln, IL
Louisiana College - Pineville, LA
Luther Rice College & Seminary - Lithonia, GA
Mid-Atlantic Christian University - Elizabeth City, NC
Mid-South Christian College - Memphis, TN
New Saint Andrews College - Moscow, ID
North Central University - Minneapolis, MN
Northeastern Baptist College - Bennington, VT
Northpoint Bible College - Haverhill, MA
Northwest Nazarene University - Nampa, ID
Nyack College - Nyack, NY
Oklahoma Wesleyan University - Bartlesville, OK
Olivet Nazarene University - Bourbonnais, IL
Ozark Christian College - Joplin, MO
Piedmont International University - Winston-Salem, NC
Point Loma Nazarene University - San Diego, CA
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary - Grand Rapids, MI
Randall University - Moore, OK
Regent University - Virginia Beach, VA
Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies - Jacksonville, FL
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
San Diego Christian College - Santee, CA
Southeastern Baptist College - Laurel, MS
Southern California Seminary -  El Cajon, CA
Southern Evangelical Seminary - Matthews, NC
Southern Nazarene University - Bethany, OK
Southwestern Assemblies of God University - Waxahachie, TX
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - Fort Worth, TX
St. Louis Christian College - Florissant, MO
Trinity College of Florida - Trinity, FL
Trinity International University - Deerfield, IL
Trinity School for Ministry - Ambridge, PA
Truett McConnell University - Cleveland, GA
Underwood University - Suwanee, GA
Welch College - Gallatin, TN
Wesley Biblical Seminary - Jackson, MS