What is InfoPass?
The InfoPass program allows library patrons to borrow from or have on-site access to library materials at other participating WNYLRC member libraries. Member libraries and library systems that participate in the program can issue InfoPass cards to their library patrons who are in good standing. The InfoPass card is good for up to one year and it allows individuals access to libraries and resources that may be otherwise unavailable. Participating libraries can determine their own lending and access policies for InfoPass cardholders.
Who can participate?
All WNYLRC members are eligible to participate in this voluntary program. This includes academic, public, special, school, and hospital libraries.
Who can apply for an InfoPass?
Library patrons with serious research needs can apply through their home library (college, high school, public, or other) for an InfoPass card if their home library participates in the program. Applications are submitted online on the WNYLRC website by library staff on behalf of the patron.
A "serious user" may be a faculty member, a graduate student, a corporate researcher, a health science professional, a lawyer, a teacher, a writer, a genealogist, an undergraduate student, or a pre-college honors student (Advanced Placement-AP). The librarian or information manager from the patron's home library is responsible for assessing the patron's information needs before issuing an InfoPass card.
InfoPass is a courtesy extended to patrons by their home library. Patrons are required to show their InfoPass card when visiting and borrowing materials at participating libraries. Patrons are required to abide by all rules and regulations of each of the libraries from which services are received. The InfoPass card can be rescinded at any time if the patron abuses borrowing or viewing privileges. Patrons are fiscally responsible for any and all materials damaged, lost, or not returned to the lending library. Patrons will be billed for any materials not returned and are subject to fines for late returns.
The InfoPass-issuing library is responsible for ensuring materials are returned and are willing to accept liability for lost books, overdue fines, or other charges incurred by their patrons. WNYLRC will not be held responsible to pay for any charges incurred by patrons from participating libraries.
How It Works
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Akron Central School District MS/HS LMC
Amherst Central High School
Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
Buffalo General Medical Center
Canisius High School
East Aurora High School Library
Erie 2 BOCES School Library System
Genesee Community College
Kenmore East High School
Lake Shore High School
Millard-Fillmore Suburban Hospital
Nioga Library System
Orleans-Niagara BOCES School Library System
US Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District
University at Buffalo - Lockwood, Abbott, and Music libraries
In addition, WNYLRC libraries listed below have agreed to provide on-site access to resources to all InfoPass cardholders who are not AcademicSHARE participants. Covid restrictions and borrowing priviliges will vary by institution; please contact the individual library for more information.