Beginning in summer 2011, faculty, students, and staff from Columbia and the six partner institutions will also have access to regularly circulating materials from Harvard and MIT. This expansion increases the number of volumes available to Columbia scholars from more than 45 million to almost 70 million.
Borrow Direct is a rapid request and delivery system for books (primarily monographs) between and among the participating libraries. Faculty, students, and staff of Borrow Direct institutions can request circulating materials directly from the library where they are held, without the need for library staff to intervene in the process. The materials are then delivered to the borrowing patron's library via commercial courier services, normally within four business days. Borrow Direct has successfully shared approximately 1 million items across the partnership since it was initiated in 1999.
Borrow Direct is an extremely popular library service, with more than 30,000 requests filled for Columbia faculty, students, and staff and more than 19,000 Columbia books lent to partner libraries in 2010.
For questions about using Borrow Direct, visit the Libraries' Borrow Direct Information Page.