Announcing On-Site Borrowing at all Borrow Direct Institutions
NEW YORK, October 1, 2014 –

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is pleased to announce that under a new pilot agreement beginning October 1, 2014, current Columbia University students, faculty, staff and affiliates will have on-site library borrowing privileges at Brown University, University of Chicago, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University via the new Borrow Direct Plus (Borrow Direct institutions plus Duke University) on-site borrowing program. 


When first visiting one of these libraries, eligible individuals will be asked to show their current Columbia University ID card and log into the Borrow Direct service to verify their status and confirm their library account is in good standing. Once verified, a Borrow Direct Plus borrowing card will be issued.

Items, collections, and participating libraries available will vary by institution. The lending library‚Äôs policies and loan periods apply to Borrow Direct Plus borrowers. It is recommended that individuals considering a visit to another library view their policies ahead of time.  Borrowed items may be returned at either the lending library or one of the Columbia University Libraries. 

For the most part, these same materials already are available for borrowing and delivery to current Columbia faculty, students, and staff through Borrow Direct, a rapid book request and delivery system used by all of the participating institutions with the exception of Duke University. The new agreement expands the system to include this in-person component.

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 13 million volumes, over 160,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff and hosts over 4.7 million visitors each year.  The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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