Use of Other Libraries

The David and Lorraine Cheng Library participates in several reciprocal borrowing programs. Members of the WPUNJ community are responsible for complying with the lending library's borrowing policies (loan periods, fines and fees, recalls, etc.). Please be advised that not all libraries are accessible by the public, and you are encouraged to visit their websites or contact them prior to visiting.


The Cheng Library recently entered into a partnership with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Rowan University, Stockton University and The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), to provide users with access to a shared catalog of resources. This allows WPUNJ faculty, staff, and students to borrow directly from these academic libraries using their WPUNJ ID card. Requests for materials can also be made through the Cheng Library catalog.


WPUNJ faculty, staff, and students may borrow from the following public libraries: Bloomingdale, Caldwell, Cedar Grove, Clifton, Haledon, Little Falls, North Haledon, Orange, Passaic, Paterson, Pompton Lakes, Ringwood, Totowa, Wanaque, Wayne, West Milford, or West Paterson. Bring your WPUNJ ID card and a second form of identification to register at the public library.

VALE Reciprocal Borrowing

WPU is a member of the VALE consortium, which provides borrowing privileges at a number of other academic libraries throughout New Jersey.

Prior going to another VALE library, you are strongly encouraged to contact them for details about borrowing at that VALE institution. You must also visit the Cheng Library Lending Services desk to obtain a signed VALE Reciprocal Borrowing application form. A signed application form and a valid, barcoded WPUNJ ID are required to register at VALE libraries. Borrowing privileges and/or a guest borrowing card are for one academic year and expire June 30th.

Borrowing varies depending on your role with the University (faculty, graduate student, undergraduate), so please check the links below for details:

Princeton University Libraries

Faculty with current WPUNJ Identification are given free access privileges to use the Princeton University Libraries. Arrangements must be made in advance through Princeton’s Access Office: 609-258-5737.

For a fee, students and individual researchers may make arrangements to use the Princeton Libraries by contacting the Access Office: 609-258-5737.

Columbia University Libraries

Faculty who live outside the New York metropolitan area are granted reading privileges for up to 5 consecutive days in any one semester without charge upon presentation of a valid, barcoded WPUNJ ID card.An individual may also purchase a monthly pass to read or to borrow. Arrangements must be made through the Library Information Office, Butler Library: 212-854-7309.

New York University Libraries

Faculty may obtain one-day courtesy reading privileges upon presentation of a valid, barcoded WPUNJ ID card. Arrangements must be made through the Access Card Office: 212-998-2246.

Members of the public may gain access to the Bobst Library by making a donation to the Friends of Bobst. Please visit Friends of Bobst for details.

New York Public Library

Access cards for the Research Libraries of New York Public Library are free to all researchers regardless of their place of residency. The NYPL website includes additional instructions for Using the Library, or you can call 212-930-0830 for more information.