May 28, 2022

Borrow Direct Services Expand With Launch of Borrow Direct Plus (On-Site Borrowing)

There are a number of announcements about the launch of Borrow Direct Plus today.

Borrow Direct Plus is an initiative of Borrow Direct, an “unmediated library resource sharing partnership” providing rapid delivery of materials.

Borrow Direct began in the Fall, 1999.

Borrow Direct Plus Launch

From Yale University Library:

The Yale University Library is delighted to announce its participation in the launch of Borrow Direct Plus – an expansion of the current Borrow Direct service. This will include on-site borrowing privileges starting October 1, 2014 for all students, faculty and staff from Borrow Direct institutions, plus Duke University (currently not a member of Borrow Direct).


Yale users who have been verified with Yale library accounts in good standing will have access to circulating materials at any of the participating libraries. When visiting one of these libraries, members of the Yale community will need to show their Yale ID and log in to their Borrow Direct account; upon verification, users will be issued a library card.

The available collections will vary from one institution to another and their respective lending policies and loan periods will apply to guest borrowers.

From Duke University Libraries:

Borrowed items may be returned at either the lending library or the user’s home library. (For example, a book checked out at Yale could be returned here at Duke, and vice versa.)

Participating Borrow Direct Plus Pilot Institutions at Launch

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University
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