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Membership in the Utah Academic Library Consortium

The Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC) was established in 1971 and consists of all public and private academic libraries in accredited institutions of higher education in the State of Utah. The purpose of UALC is to cooperate in continually improving the availability and delivery of library and information services to the higher education community, to the State of Utah, and to partner libraries anywhere.

Criteria for membership is outlined in the constitution of the consortium:

Full Membership. Any library of an institution of higher learning within the State of Utah may become a Full Member of the Consortium with full voting and other privileges, provided it meets the following criteria and is approved by a two-thirds vote of the Council:

  • accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
  • demonstrated commitment to provision of information resources and services appropriate to the mission of the institution;
  • ability to participate in reciprocal lending and borrowing of collection materials among consortium member libraries;
  • provision of onsite access to faculty, staff, and students of other consortium institutions;
  • attendance by the director, or designee, at regular meetings of the Council;
  • participation by library staff in committees and consortium projects; and,
  • payment of an annual membership fee.

Limited Membership. A library in an institution of higher learning outside the state of Utah may apply for Limited Membership in the Consortium provided it meets the following criteria and is approved by a two-thirds vote of the Council:

  • accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities;
  • demonstrated commitment to provision of information resources and services appropriate to the mission of the institution;
  • ability to participate in reciprocal lending and borrowing of collection materials among consortium member libraries;
  • provision of onsite access to faculty, staff, and students of other consortium institutions; and,
  • payment of an annual membership fee.

Affiliate Participation. A library that does not qualify for Full or Limited Membership may apply for Affiliate Participation. Affiliate Participants are required to demonstrate a commitment to provision of information resources and services appropriate to the mission of the institution. Because the circumstances for each Affiliate Participant will be different, and the nature of participation in the Consortium will vary, each application will be negotiated separately by the steering Committee and approved by a two-thirds vote of the Council.

Eligible libraries who wish to pursue membership may contact the consortium via its website www.ualc.net

Approved by Council 8/07; revised 2/10