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Welcome to the Walter M. Bortz III Library: VIVA Universal Borrowing Pilot Program

What is Universal Borrowing?

VIVA Borrow circulating materials directly from other VIVA libraries!

In keeping with VIVA’s mission to “provide, in an equitable, cooperative and cost-effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for the Commonwealth of Virginia's nonprofit academic libraries serving the higher education community,” the VIVA Resource Sharing Committee has planned a pilot project for universal borrowing within VIVA.

Universal borrowing, as defined here, would allow patrons at any VIVA institution to borrow print books held at libraries that participate in the pilot project. It is believed that this project will benefit patrons who live near or visit other institutions, and it might have the most positive impact on distance education students.


  • Patron Eligibility
    • Students, faculty, and staff at VIVA institutions may request to borrow materials from any participating library.
    • The lending library can withhold borrowing privileges from any patrons who do not comply with institutional policies and procedures.
    • Borrowers must present a valid form of photo identification, such as an institutional ID, as well as proof of current status in order to borrow materials.
  • Loan Periods
    • Loan periods and limitations on the number of items that can be borrowed at one time will be determined by the lending library.
    • Renewals are at the discretion of the lending library.
    • The lending library can set different loan periods for different item types, and it determines which item types can be borrowed through this program.
  • Returns
    • The borrower is responsible for returning items to the lending library.
    • We recognize that some items will be turned in at the home library. It is recommended that the home library ship the book to the lending library in an expedited way according to the ILL guidelines.
    • The item is not considered “returned” until it is checked in at the lending library. The borrower will be responsible for any fines that accrue even if the item was returned to the home library before the due date.
  • Fines and Fees
    • The borrower is responsible for any fines that accrue on materials held past their due dates.
    • The borrower is responsible for paying for materials that are lost or damaged.

Universal Borrowing Flyer

View or print a VIVA flyer promoting Universal Borrowing.

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