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RLCP
Research Library Cooperative Program


UC Berkeley Interlibrary Services || Stanford University Interlibrary Services || UT Austin Inter-Library Service
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RLCP Frequently Asked Questions


What is RLCP?

This agreement creates a framework for regional level cooperation to foster collaboration among the library systems of the University of California at Berkeley, Stanford University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

RLCP makes the circulating collections of each participating library available for lending to program participants either through on-site visits or interlibrary loan. Collection specialists and bibliographers at the three libraries also explore shared purchase agreements to concentrate acquisition efforts in focused areas. Finally, the program seeks to add other institutional partners, particularly in Latin America, to join in cooperative programs and digitizing projects.


Who can use it?

Faculty, academic or professional staff, and currently registered graduate students at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and UT Austin are eligible for RLCP privileges. Visiting Scholars and Undergraduates are not eligible for RLCP.




What do I need to use RLCP?

Faculty, academic or professional staff, and currently registered graduate students at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and UT Austin are eligible for RLCP privileges. Visiting Scholars at Stanford University are not eligible for RLCP. RLCP does not serve undergraduates. Visiting Scholars at Stanford University are not eligible for RLCP.

To request material from University of Texas at Austin, one must register for a
RLCP card before completing the RLCP Borrowing Request Form. UT Austin patrons must register for the RLCP card before submitting any request. It normally takes one or two working days, after one applies, before the RLCP Card is valid for use.

Patrons from Borrowing from or Visiting Onsite Need Available
UC Berkeley Stanford UCB ID
UC Berkeley and Stanford UT Austin RLCP card online or at Privileges Desk of Doe Library (UCB) or Green Library (Stanford)
Stanford UC Berkeley
Stanford ID  
UT Austin UC Berkeley or
Stanford
RLCP card online or at Circulation Services, Perry-Castaneda Library

For on site visits at University of Texas, Austin, the library issues its own borrower's card to allow materials to be checked out.


How do I make a request?

Eligible Stanford and U.C. Berkeley patrons complete a RLCP Borrowing Request Form for each book or photocopy requested.

To request material from University of Texas at Austin, one must register for a
RLCP card before completing the RLCP Borrowing Request Form. UT Austin patrons must register for the RLCP card before submitting any request. It normally takes one or two working days, after one applies, before the RLCP Card is valid for use.

Eligible UCB patrons may also request from Stanford through the Pathfinder UCB logon (Search the Stanford Library Catalog and use the "REQUEST" button).

Please note: RLCP is NOT an on-campus delivery service. Only request materials that are not available at your home institution.


How long does it take? Where do I pick up my book or photocopies?



What if someone else has the book I need?

If you have requested a book that is in use by another patron, you may ask that the item be recalled and sent to you. Be sure to check the catalogs of all three institutions in case the book is available without a recall.

Recalls From UC Berkeley

Recalls may be requested by sending an e-mail to rlcp@library.Berkeley.edu with a citation of the book you want to recall.

Recalls From Stanford

Send an e-mail to cooperative@stanford.edu Include a complete citation of the book you want to recall. It will be shipped to your home library as soon as it becomes available.

Recalls From UT Austin

Send an e-mail to RLCP@lib.utexas.edu providing a complete citation of the item.


Where do I return the book?

UC Berkeley users should return books borrowed from Stanford or UT Austin via the Book Return chute in the Circulation Desk of Doe Library. Stanford users may return UC Berkeley or UT Austin materials via the Book Drop or the Loan Desk at Green Library. UT Austin users must return RLCP books to the Inter-Library Service office.

Please allow at least five working days before the due date to ensure timely arrival at the lending institution. Be sure the material is clearly marked "Return to" and the name of the destination.

You are responsible for materials until they have been returned to the library from which they were borrowed. Ask for a receipt when returning material to absolve you of responsibility for payment of an item if it becomes lost in the return mail.


Can I renew it?

Books borrowed through the RLCP program may usually be renewed at least once. Each institution has slightly different procedures. Please refer to the appropriate section below for specific instructions.

Books Borrowed From UC Berkeley

Renewals may be requested by sending an e-mail to rlcp@library.Berkeley.edu with a list of the books you want to renew.

Books Borrowed From Stanford

Send an e-mail to cooperative@stanford.edu. List each book by author, title, and barcode number. You will be notified of the new due dates.

Books Borrowed From UT Austin

Send an e-mail to RLCP@lib.utexas.edu. List each book by author, title, and barcode number. You will be notified of the new due dates.


Who can I contact if I have questions?

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