January 17, 2022

New Member: University of Chicago Library Joins Borrow Direct Partnership

From the U. of Chicago Library News:

University of Chicago faculty, students and staff will soon be able to borrow circulating materials from the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale, and the Center for Research Libraries as the University of Chicago Library joins the Borrow Direct partnership.

The circulating collections of the Borrow Direct libraries include more than 50 million volumes, and more than 1.5 million items have been shared across the Borrow Direct partnership since it was initiated in 1999. When implemented at UChicago in the fall, Borrow Direct will enable users to do a single search of the combined catalogs and to request prompt delivery of circulating items. Materials requested by UChicago borrowers will typically be delivered to their selected campus library within four calendar days.


UChicago’s new agreement with Ivy League universities and MIT expands upon the local success of UBorrow, another consortial borrowing partnership that gives UChicago users access to more than 90 million volumes at regional research libraries participating in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation.

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See Also: UBorrow Reduces Recall Requests by 30% at University of Chicago Library (February 13, 2013)

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