BorrowDirect Resource Sharing Service

Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s flagship program, BorrowDirect, enables faculty, students, and researchers at participating libraries to discover, request, and rapidly receive physical materials from 13 of the world’s premier library collections. Founded in 1999 by Columbia University Libraries, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, and Yale University Library, the program grew to include the libraries of Brown University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Chicago. Drawing on a collective collection of over 90 million items, members have supplied over 3 million items to their collective library users since 1999. Request activity has steadily increased and exceeded 285,000 transactions in fiscal year 2019. In order to support resource sharing activity at this scale, BorrowDirect libraries leverage automated workflows, expedited delivery, and a deep commitment to extraordinary user service.

BorrowDirect Management

The BorrowDirect program is managed by the Director of Resource Sharing Initiatives and the Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation’s Resource Sharing Group.