Duke University Library Joins Borrow Direct Service
NEW YORK, July 28, 2015 –

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is pleased to announce that Duke University Libraries has joined Borrow Direct, a service which offers expedited delivery of items from a total collection of more than 60 million volumes to current faculty, students, and staff of Columbia University and partner institutions.


Duke joins Brown University, the University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University in the partnership, which began in 1999.  

Borrow Direct is a rapid request and delivery system for materials between and among participating libraries. Faculty, students, and staff of participating institutions can request circulating materials directly from the library where they are held, without the intervention of library staff. The materials are then delivered to the borrowing patron's library via commercial courier services, normally within four business days. The circulating collections of the Borrow Direct libraries include more than 60 million volumes, and more than 2 million items have been shared across the partnership since it was initiated in 1999.

Using the Borrow Direct service, Columbia faculty, students, and staff borrowed more than 30,000 items and Columbia University Libraries lent more than 26,000 items to partner libraries in the 2014-2015 academic year.

For questions about using Borrow Direct, visit the Libraries' Borrow Direct information page.

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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