Answered By: Henry Harriman
Last Updated: Aug 09, 2018     Views: 18

If you are planning to just visit the Northwestern University Libraries, present your Institutional ID at the entrance desk.


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

  • Start the application process at your home institution.
  • Your home institution will submit your completed SHARES Reciprocal Borrowing Program Application to Northwestern. Northwestern will contact you directly when your SHARES application has been received and processed.
  • Visit the Main Library Circulation Desk, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Present a government issued photo ID card (passport, driver's license)
  • A Northwestern University Libraries Borrower's Card will NOT be issued without an approved application from your home institution; please make arrangements with your home library before coming to Northwestern.
  • Your Northwestern University Libraries Borrower's Card will:
    • Be valid for one year from the issuing date.
    • Allow physical access and borrowing of circulating books and DVDs at all Northwestern libraries.
    • Allow you to check out up to 100 items for 16 weeks with 3 renewals.
  • You are responsible for returning the book to Northwestern University Library. Please return this item by traceable mail; UPS, FedEx, or Express Mail USPS to:


Northwestern University Library Circulation Department 1970 Campus Drive Evanston, IL 60208-2300

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