Direct Access Program

The Capital District Library Council (CDLC) is a consortium of many public, academic, and special libraries in the Capital District. The Direct Access Program (DAP) is a service of CDLC which provides patrons of CDLC member libraries with access to the collections of other member libraries.

To participate in DAP, patrons must obtain a DAP card from the library with which they are primarily affiliated. DAP cards are available to Skidmore faculty, staff and full-time students. Apply for a card at the Circulation Desk at Scribner Library; cards must be signed by a member of the Circulation staff or a librarian.

Some DAP libraries will permit all DAP card holders to borrow materials, while others will permit only certain categories of DAP card holders to borrow material directly. A link to the list of participating libraries and the categories of users who may borrow materials is available below. Patrons are responsible for abiding by the rules and regulations of the CDLC libraries from which they borrow.

Materials borrowed through the Direct Access Program may be returned to the Interlibrary Loan Department at Scribner Library. Skidmore College makes no guarantees about the timeliness of the return of materials from Scribner Library nor the reliability of a lending institutions’ record keeping procedures.

Skidmore College permits DAP borrowers to borrow up to 10 books at a time, with two renewals for each book. Audio-visual materials do not circulate to DAP borrowers. A DAP card must be shown by the borrowing patron to verify expiration date and status at the sponsoring institution. Complete information from the DAP card or other identification must be secured, including home address and phone; this information will be kept by the Circulation staff.

More information about the DAP program is available on the CDLC website.