May 23, 2022

Duke University Becomes 12th Member of BorrowDirect Book-Sharing Partnership

From Duke Today:

Duke University Libraries has entered a resource-sharing partnership with 11 other universities.

The BorrowDirect program offers faculty, staff and students at all partner institutions expedited delivery of items from a total collection of more than 60 million volumes. Since its creation in 1999, BorrowDirect has filled more than two million requests, delivering books in three to five days on average.


The BorrowDirect partnership covers collection agreements, on-site access across the partnership, joint ebook licensing, collaboration with the Center for Research Libraries, and other initiatives to enhance research and teaching.

“The BorrowDirect partners are extremely pleased to welcome Duke University into the program,” said Susan Gibbons, University Librarian and Deputy Provost for Libraries & Scholarly Communication at Yale University. “The benefits of Duke’s participation are immediate and substantial, both to the Duke community as well as to the other 11 BorrowDirect partners.”

From BorrowDirect:

Duke University was created in 1924 but traces its roots back to 1838. Its libraries provide information services to over 14,000 graduate and undergraduate students, 1,700 faculty, and 10 schools and colleges supporting a wide range of academic and research programs. The Duke Libraries are one of the nation’s top 10 private research libraries with a combined collection of over 6.5 million volumes.


BorrowDirect was established as a joint project of three Ivy League libraries and has grown to include Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and now Duke University.

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