Borrowing at Alloway Library

Everything you need to know about borrowing Alloway Library's print and media resources

Borrowing at Other Institutions

Your TWU ID card provides you with complimentary library access at a number of post-secondary institutions across Canada. British Columbia post-secondary institutions that are part of CPSLD allow TWU students to use their valid TWU ID card to borrow items from their libraries. Note that institutions or library branches may change their borrowing requirements, so it's a good idea to contact the library before going. See the Council of Post-Secondary Library Directors Reciprocal Borrowing Policy (CPSLD) for more information. 

For institutions other than those in the CPSLD Reciprocal Borrowing group, i.e., out of province universities, you will need to show a valid TWU ID card and a valid Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries (COPPUL) card issued by the Alloway Library. When you show your COPPUL card and your TWU ID card at libraries participating in the Canadian University Reciprocal Borrowing Agreement (CURBA), you will be issued with a library card from that institution and be able to borrow materials, subject to the requirements, restrictions, and fees of that library. 

  • Please note that some libraries exclude undergraduate students from the reciprocal agreement.
  • Be sure to return your materials on time to the lending library, not to TWU.
  • COPPUL cards are issued upon request by Alloway Library staff to TWU faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate program students with a valid TWU ID card.
  • Cards are not issued to individuals with outstanding library fines.

Wireless access falls outside of the reciprocal borrowing agreements. If you will need wireless access, before going, check if the institution has guest logins or if your internet provider has roaming wireless. Usually, wireless access will not give you access to an institution's electronic databases.

Participating COPPUL Institutions:

Use your TWU ID card with your COPPUL card at these institutions outside BC:

NOTE: Institutions may have special restrictions in place for COPPUL borrowers. It's best to telephone before you go to check.



Mount Allison University NB
Université de Moncton - Campus d'Edmundston NB
Université de Moncton - Campus de Moncton NB
Université de Moncton - Campus de Shippagan NB
University of New Brunswick - Fredericton Campus NB
University of New Brunswick - Saint John Campus NB
Memorial University of Newfoundland Newfoundland
Acadia University Nova Scotia
Atlantic School of Theology Nova Scotia
Cape Breton University Nova Scotia
Dalhousie University Nova Scotia
Mount Saint Vincent University Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia Agricultural College Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design Nova Scotia
St. Francis Xavier University Nova Scotia
St. Mary's University Nova Scotia
Université Sainte-Anne Nova Scotia
University of King's College Nova Scotia
Brock University Ontario
Carleton University Ontario
Lakehead University Ontario
Laurentian University Ontario
McMaster University Ontario
Nipissing University Ontario
Ontario College of Art and Design Ontario
Queen's University Ontario
Royal Military College of Canada Ontario

Ryerson University

  • Does not include undergraduates from other institutions
Trent University Ontario
University of Guelph Ontario
University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ontario
University of Ottawa Ontario

University of Toronto

  • Does not lend or allow stacks access to undergraduates from other institutions
  • Fees apply for faculty, graduate students and staff from other universities 
University of Waterloo Ontario
University of Windsor Ontario
Western Ontario
Wilfrid Laurier University Ontario
York University Ontario
University of Prince Edward Island PEI
Bibliothéque centrale de la Ville de Montréal Québec
Bibliothéque nationale du Québec Québec
Bishop's University Québec
Concordia University Québec
Ecolé de technologie supérieure Québec
Ecolé des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) Montréal Québec
Ecolé nationale d'administration publique Québec
Ecolé Polytechnique de Montréal Québec
Institut national de la recherche scientifique Québec
McGill University Québec
Télé-université Québec
Université de Montréal Québec
Université de Sherbrooke Québec
Université du Québec Québec
Université Laval Québec

Full Reciprocal Borrowing CPSLD Libraries

The following libraries extend free reciprocal borrowing privileges to students and employees from all other CPSLD libraries. It is not necessary to present a COPPUL card to borrow at these institutions, just your valid TWU ID card. Note, however, that institutions may change their borrowing requirements (for example, some ask for secondary government-issued identification such as a driver's licence), so it's a good idea to contact the library before going.

*UBC requires a piece of government-issued identification in addition to your valid TWU card. 

CPSLD Libraries with some restrictions on reciprocal borrowing

The following libraries have some restrictions on reciprocal borrowing by students and employees of other CPSLD libraries. If a student from another institution is not eligible for a free library card, they may be eligible to purchase a Community Borrower card.

Library Details Community Borrower card?
Justice Institute of BC Free to students of DC, KPU. CB card not available.

See the CPSLD reciprocal borrowing page for more information.

No COPPUL Card Required Borrowing

TWU has reciprocal agreements with the following institutions, where no COPPUL card is required to borrow material:

Columbia Bible College (Abbotsford, BC) 
Douglas College (New Westminster/Coquitlam, BC)
Regent College (Vancouver, BC)
Summit Pacific College (Abbotsford, BC) 
Vancouver School of Theology (Vancouver, BC)

Help & More Information

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