This is an invitation to become acquainted with the Northern and Central California Psychology Libraries (NCCPL) consortium. NCCPL, established in 1985, joins together library/information centers and individuals who serve psychology/mental health communities. The Consortium strives to enhance the effectiveness of its members through collaboration and mutual support.





Any library/information center or individual in Northern or Central California that serves the psychology and/or mental health community and shares the interests and goals of NCCPL is eligible for membership. Admission to membership is based on a two-thirds vote by the total membership.

Membership shall be open to any library / information center of an institution in Northern or Central California that supports programs in psychology and shares the interest and goals of NCCPL.  Membership is also available to individual professional librarians who wish to participate.

Each institutional member must build and maintain a resource collection which meets the basic, recurring needs of its primary clientele. Institutional member libraries agree to participate in the activities, abide by the agreements, and are entitled to the privileges established in the document "NCCPL activities...etc." All institutional members must have at least one staff person with a Masters degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or the equivalent), practicing at the California location.

Individual members are required to have a Masters degree from an ALA- accredited institution, or the equivalent.

New members must be approved by vote of the current membership. Two-thirds of the total membership must vote to approve a new member (or to revoke membership).

Each member shall have one and only one vote.

All members shall attend at least one meeting each year. Institutional members may be represented by the Library Director or by any appointed representative.



NCCPL meets on a quarterly basis. The site of each meeting rotates among the membership. Meetings are open to members and invited guests.



NCCPL Members:

  1. May participate in NCCPL Resource Sharing including Direct Borrowing privileges and free ILL.
  2. Must contribute journal holdings information to either Docline or OCLC to participate in free article ILL among member libraries.
  3. Must contribute monographic holdings to OCLC to participate in free monographic ILL among member libraries.
  4. Must maintain a print and/or physical media circulating collection in order to participate in the Direct Borrowing program.
  5. May participate in group purchasing discounts for online databases.
  6. May have password access to the members mailing list posted on the website.
  7. Have voting privileges in NCCPL.



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