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How to Use Borrow Direct

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It is now possible to borrow DVDs via Borrow Direct!  Look for the DVD symbol when searching.

Tip: Focus your search by limiting to "DVD Videos" under Format.  See image at right.

Loans are for up to 12 weeks, just like books.

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Borrow Direct enables current faculty, students and staff from Columbia, Barnard, and Union Theological Seminary to request material from:

Brown

Cornell

Dartmouth

Duke

Harvard

Johns Hopkins University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Princeton

University of Chicago

University of Pennsylvania

Yale

The Borrow Direct service also can be used to search for and request materials held by the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). Requests for CRL materials are routed through the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) system, allowing for longer loan periods of books, dissertations, journals, and newspapers in print or microform.

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Eligibility: Please check the Columbia University Library Privileges website for eligibility.

Borrow: Printed books, music scores, DVDs and CDs not available at Columbia, with the following exceptions:

  • Non-circulating materials from other library collections
  • Journal articles or bound journals (bound journals can be requested only from the Center for Research Libraries)
  • Microforms (can be borrowed only from University of Chicago and Center for Research Libraries)

Interlibrary Loan: To request scans or loans that are outside the scope of Borrow Direct use Interlibrary Loan or other Request It services.  Having trouble deciding between Borrow Direct and ILL?  Compare services.

Loan period: Six weeks, with one six-week renewal. Log in to your CLIO My Library Account to request a renewal (Borrow Direct materials are listed in all-caps with an Item Type of bdir.)

Recalls: Return within 14 days to avoid standard daily overdue fines for materials not returned by the needed-by date.

Hold Period: Upon arrival Borrow Direct you will be notified by email and books will be held for 2 weeks at the selected location.   

Delivery Locations: Request delivery to any of the following libraries: Avery, Barnard, The Burke, Butler, Business & Economics, Starr East Asian, Geology, Health Sciences, Journalism, Lehman, Mathematics, Music, Science & Engineering and Social Work.

Turnaround Time: Books usually arrive within three to five business days. An email notice is sent to your Columbia email account when material is ready for pick-up.

Return: Books may be returned to any Columbia Libraries circulation desk or in the "Book Return" slot next to the door of 307 Butler.

Contact Us! 

Office: 307 Butler Library
E-mail: borrowdirect@columbia.edu
Phone: 212-854-7535


How to Use Borrow Direct

  1. Click on Log In to Borrow Direct and enter your Columbia University Network ID (UNI) and password.
  2. Enter your search term(s) in the single Simple Search box, or click on Advanced Search for more options.  Advanced Search gives you the option to:
    • search by keyword, author, title, subject and/or ISBN
    • combine two or more search types, e.g. author & title or keyword & subject
    • limit your search to “all of these words,” “any of these words,” or “this phrase”
  3. The orange spinning circle icon indicates the search progress. 
  4. Click on the specific title to determine if it can be borrowed via Borrow Direct.  A format icon displays on the right-hand side of the results to help you focus on the pertinent version.
  5. The system will look for available copies (“Searching for sources of this title”) and will display the results below the item’s bibliographic information.  Note: You may have to scroll down to see all available copies.
  6. If the item is available to borrow via Borrow Direct, select a pick-up location from the drop-down list, include a pertinent note if necessary in the Volume(s) Needed field, and click on the Request button.
    • If the item is available to check out at Columbia, click the link View in the COLUMBIA Library Catalog to view in CLIO.  If the item is held at Offsite, place a request for it using the “Offsite” hyperlink in CLIO.
  7. A request submission message will display, including your request number.
  8. An e-mail confirmation of your request will be sent to you, generally within a few minutes.  Save the e-mail and request number in case you wish to check on the status of your request at a later time.  Another e-mail will be sent to alert you when the item is available for pick–up.
  9. Please log out.  Make sure to click on the Logout link that appears at the top of the Borrow Direct screen to ensure your privacy and the security of the system.