Borrowing Privileges for Duke Student, Faculty and Staff at Ivy League Libraries

Beginning October ,  a new agreement known as BorrowDirect Plus will allow students, faculty and staff from the IviesPlus institutions to have on-site borrowing privileges at member institutions.  Participating institutions include:

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


 While the Duke libraries have always had an open-door policy to visitors from other academic institutions, many of the Ivies libraries have policies that require special registration or access cards obtained through a privileges office to use the facilities.  Under this agreement all someone from Duke needs do is present their Duke ID card to staff at a participating library and successfully log in to “My Account” to show their current affiliation with Duke.  Once verified, they will be issued a library card for that institution.

BorrowDirect is an unmediated library resource sharing partnership encompassing eleven Ivies Plus academic institutions supplying over 230,000 books, music scores, and other returnable library items per year. BorrowDirect went live in the fall of 1999 after a four year planning and development period during which the three founding institutions, Columbia, Penn, and Yale, partnered with the Research Libraries Group (RLG) for project management and assessment. The BorrowDirect Partnership expanded to seven member libraries in 2002 with the addition of Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Princeton.  In 2004, the Partnership exceeded 100,000 transactions for the first time. The Partnership grew to include Harvard and MIT in 2011. The University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins each joined in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Since its inception, BorrowDirect has successfully filled over 1.8 million user requests and counting.

BorrowDirect offers library users the ability to search and request research material from a federated union catalog of over 50 million volumes. Real time shelf status and a load leveling algorithm distribute requests evenly across the Partnership, and expedited delivery ensures a 3-5 day turnaround for all requests. Making use of NISO standards, BorrowDirect integrates with the disparate library systems to provide local circulation of borrowed material and integrated resource management throughout the lifecycle of the transaction.

Please note that BorrowDirect Plus is a separate program and is for onsite access and borrowing privileges only and is not for interlibrary loan.  Library access information and borrowing policy details are maintained by each institution and may vary from one institution to another.  New accounts must be created at the location and within the hours set by each institution.  Please review policies for an institution prior to your first library visit.

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