How do I... access CU resources when I'm away from campus?
If you are studying or researching away from campus temporarily you can still access a wide range of CU resources. The following guide will enable you to get help, articles, book chapters and books when you are away from campus. If you have any other questions, please ask us!
Important: You will need the VPN to access databases off campus!
- Book Chapters and Articles
- Research Help
At this time we can't ship CU, Prospector or Inter-Library Loan books to CU patrons in other locations (eg studying abroad). There are several other options:
- We participate in reciprocal circulation with Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) libraries. This means you may borrow library materials on site from a participating library.
- CU Patrons Visiting Other GWLA Institutions
- Any current CUB student or faculty member may participate in the Greater Western Library Alliance Reciprocal Circulation Program.
- CU patrons should consult the Participant List to determine if the institution they intend to visit participates in the program.
- Access and privileges vary from institution to institution. CU patrons visiting other libraries are expected to follow the policies of the institution they are visiting
- We also participate in OCLC’s Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program (RFBP) which gives faculty borrowing privileges and on-site access to the collections of other participating academic research libraries.
- CU Faculty Visiting Other RFBP Institutions
- Any current, full-time CUB faculty member may participate in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program.
- CU faculty should consult the RFBP Participant List to determine if the institution they intend to visit participates in the RFBP.
- CU faculty need to contact the Circulation Desk for program information and a RFBP card.
- Access and privileges for visiting faculty vary from institution to institution. CU faculty visiting other libraries are expected to follow the policies of the institution they are visiting.
- Faculty Visiting the University of Colorado
- The University of Colorado Libraries offers borrowing privileges to faculty from institutions that participate in the OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program.
- See the RFBP Participant List to determine if your institution is part of the RFBP.
- Faculty from participating institutions should contact their home university library to obtain a RFBP card.
- Upon arrival at CU, visiting faculty should bring the RFBP card, a valid university ID and a current photo ID (if the university ID does not have a photo) to the CU Circulation Desk. Circulation staff will verify faculty status and issue a CU borrower’s card. Visiting faculty will be expected to follow CU Libraries' borrowing privileges and policies.
- CU Libraries reserves the right to suspend library privileges of CU faculty or visiting faculty if Library policies are not followed.
- Sorry, reciprocal faculty borrowers are not eligible for either Interlibrary Loan or Prospector privileges through the University of Colorado, Boulder
- Use the Article Finder form to check whether CU has a copy. (fastest option)
- Many articles are available as PDFs through CU databases. Use your identikey to access databases off campus
- If CU owns a paper copy of the journal, you can request a copy of a journal article to be scanned.
- If CU does not own that journal, you can request a copy of a journal article to be scanned.
- Request through ILLiad
Need research help?
- Contact us by phone, email, text message or chat (instant messenger)
- Meet your librarian! Research consultations are available over the phone, or by e-mail.