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Direct Access Program (DAP)


CDLC Direct Access Cards is a direct borrowing program in which CDLC members may voluntarily participate. The CDLC Direct Access Program is one of a variety of services developed by the Capital District Library Council to help library users get the information resources they need.


It is available to current faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, professional and research staff of participating institutions, serious researchers through their public library, and selected high school students. The card is non-transferable.


CDLC Direct Access Cards are issued to eligible users needing extensive use of other participating libraries only after the home library’s resources have been fully utilized. They are not designed for use when interlibrary loan would suffice.


CDLC Direct Access Cards are issued by the patron’s participating home library. Direct Access Cards are not available to CDLC personal members unless granted through their participating home library. The Direct Access Card may be used at the libraries listed in the Direct Access Program Directory, which also lists levels of access and lending policies of libraries.


The CDLC Direct Access Card Program is based on the premise that participating libraries will translate their commitment to cooperation and service into library access for users of other libraries in the region, even though their collections may not otherwise be open to the public. The program is meant to provide serious library users with access to resources not available in the library with which they are primarily affiliated.

The Direct Access Card Program is particularly helpful to users who need something from another collection immediately, who need to browse through a specialized collection, who lack sufficient bibliographic information for effective interlibrary loan, or who need to use resources which cannot be borrowed or photocopied.

This program is open to Institutional members in good standing with CDLC. Personal members are not eligible except through a participating Issuing Library. Participation in the Direct Access Card Program is voluntary and supports the cooperative spirit of library access.


Requesting Direct Access Cards

Does your library want to participate in the Direct Access Program? Download the Library Participation Application.

Issuing DAP Cards

Libraries that issue DAP Cards must comply with the program’s guidelines and procedures as outlined in the Direct Access Program Guidelines For each card issued, the issuing library must complete a DAP Patron Application Form, which is signed by the patron and retained at the issuing library.

See the CDLC Direct Access Directory to search for CDLC libraries participating in the Direct Access Program and view their lending policies.

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