SHARES On-Site Borrowing

What is SHARES?

Binghamton University students, faculty and staff can visit libraries at all SHARES partner institutions without making prior arrangements.  

  • Simply present your Binghamton University ID at any of the SHARES institutional libraries to gain access to the building.
  • Some restrictions apply; check the complete list of SHARES institutions and their local policies. 

What is the SHARES On-Site Borrowing Pilot Program?

In addition to accessing any of the SHARES Partner Institutions, a small number of SHARES libraries are offering the opportunity to create a library account and check out materials. Partners in the pilot program are: Binghamton University, Brandeis University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, Syracuse University, Temple University, University of California, Los Angeles, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Are you a Binghamton University patron visiting a partner library in the On-Site Borrowing Program?

  • Complete and submit the SHARES application online.
  • The Binghamton University Reader Services Department will verify your status with Binghamton University and forward your application to the SHARES institution for which you plan to visit.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from the SHARES institution with details about when you can pick up your library card.

Are you visiting Binghamton University from a SHARES institution?

If you are planning to visit Binghamton University Libraries, all our buildings are open to the public. No ID is required to enter.

If you are visiting from one of the On-Site Borrowing pilot institutions and would like to borrow materials from Binghamton locally, follow the steps below to set up a Binghamton University Libraries account.

  • Start the application process at your home institution.
  • Your home institution will submit your completed SHARES Reciprocal Borrowing Program Application to Binghamton University.
  • Binghamton will contact you directly when your SHARES application has been received and processed.
  • Visit the Reader Services Desk in the Bartle Library, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m..
  • Present a government issued photo ID card (passport, driver's license)
  • A Binghamton University Library Card will NOT be issued without an approved application from your home institution; please make arrangements with your library before coming to Binghamton.
  • Your Binghamton Library Card will:
    • Be valid for one year from the issuing date.
    • Allow physical access and borrowing of circulating books and DVDs at all Binghamton University Libraries.
    • Allow you to check out up to fifteen items for 6 weeks with three renewals.
    • Items can be returned at either Binghamton or your home institution's library.