Policies for cardholders: Reciprocal borrowing

As a member of the Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN), the Collier County Public Library extends reciprocal borrowing privileges to our patrons. Reciprocal borrowing means that our patrons can borrow from selected libraries without being cardholders of those libraries. Here is how to borrowing reciprocally:

Upon request, our library staff can add a SWFLN sticker to your Collier County Public Library card. You will need to present photo identification as well as your library card to receive a SWFLN sticker.

(Reciprocal borrowers using the Collier County Public Library are also required to present photo identification with their library card already displaying the SWFLN sticker. As a reciprocal borrower, CCPL cardholders may be expected to present photo identification with their library card already displaying the SWFLN sticker when they borrow at a participating library.)

A SWFLN reciprocal borrowing sticker on your library card gives you borrowing privileges at these participating local SWFLN libraries (follow the link to get library hours, directions, etc.):

Ave Maria University
Charlotte County Library System
DeSoto County Library
Edison State College Library
Florida Gulf Coast University Library
Florida Keys Community College Library
Fort Myers Beach Public Library
Hendry County Public Library System
Highlands County Public Library
Hodges University Library
Lee County Library System
Okeechobee County Public Library
Rasmussen College Library
Sanibel Public Library
Southwest Florida College Library
St. Johns County Public Library System

Present your Collier County Public Library card with the SWFLN sticker at participating libraries and you'll receive a free borrowing card for that library (validity period and policies will vary among participating libraries). The SWFLN stickers are valid for the calendar year.

Materials borrowed from participating libraries may be returned to any participating library, although returning to the owning library is a recommended courtesy. When returning a borrowed item at a library that does not own the item, leave enough time before the due date for shipping materials back to and receiving them at the owning library (at least five working days). You will be liable to the lending library for any fines or fees.

SWFLN is a non-profit 501(c)3 multi-type library cooperative serving Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Monroe counties. Libraries of all types are SWFLN members - public libraries (including one tribal library system), academic, school, and special libraries.

SWFLN's mission is to encourage interlibrary cooperation, to facilitate resource sharing and to provide opportunities for professional growth among all types of libraries and library staff. In support of that mission, SWFLN libraries have established this reciprocal borrowing project, an interlibrary loan and delivery system, and a strong program of library technology training.