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What is SHARES?

The SHARES program supports your research and scholarship needs by connecting you with special and unique materials from a global network of more than 80 top research libraries, national libraries, art museums, and law schools. Membership in SHARES allows you to access these collections both in person and via Document Delivery-Interlibrary Loan.

Who can use this service?

This service is available to UConn faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students, as well as emeritus faculty. You must have an active, unblocked account in our Libraries' circulation system, Voyager, to use this service; if you are unsure if you have a Voyager account, you may call the Babbidge iDesk at 860.486.2518 to enquire.

How do I make a request via Document Delivery - Interlibary Loan?

Requesting SHARES libraries' materials via DD-ILL is very easy; you request them in the same way you place all of your DD-ILL requests. Instructions for this can be found here.

In order to place requests, we ask that you first create a profile in ILLiad, if you have not already done so. Create your profile here.

How do I access collections onsite?

With the SHARES program, you are allowed onsite, in-library use of material. When libraries have restricted stack access, visitors will receive the same degree of access accorded their peers at the host institution; for example, visiting faculty will be accorded local faculty stack privileges. Access to special or restricted collections or materials is possible if arranged in advance.

To access collections onsite you must have an active, unblocked Voyager record. First contact the Document Delivery - Interlibrary Loan Office in person or via email with the name of the library you wish to visit. We will give you a referral letter and contact the institution on your behalf to alert them that you are coming and to obtain a contact name for your visit. You will need to bring the letter, your UConn ID, and an additional photo ID with you on your visit. We recommend that you contact the institution before your visit to verify opening hours.

What about e-resources?

Exceptions to access include electronic resources restricted by license agreements.

Can I check out materials from the SHARES library I visit?

No, you cannot check out materials onsite. To borrow the items from the institution, you must place a request through Document Delivery - Interlibrary Loan. Not all materials can be borrowed. Exceptions to onsite checkout: SHARES institutions which are also Boston Library Consortium institutions. Please visit the BLC Consortium Card program for details.

Is there a list of member institutions?

Yes, the list of member institutions can be found here; however, we encourage you to request that we verify that the institution is still a current member before your visit.

Can I expect onsite reference assistance?

Yes, you can expect onsite reference assistance, but we advise that you contact the institution in advance to determine their reference hours.

Can alumni and community borrowers use this service?

No, alumni and community borrowers are not eligible for this service.


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