Borrow Direct

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Borrow Direct is a rapid, patron-initiated borrowing and lending service offered by Princeton University Library and eleven partner libraries--Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.


The University affiliates eligible for the service:

  1. Currently enrolled students
  2. Currently active, and emeritus, faculty
  3. Currently active staff members

Categories 1) and 2) above will include research, technical and other professional staff with a permanent appointment at the University.

Members of affiliated institutions are ineligible for this service, but *may* be eligible to use the Library’s Interlibrary Lending Service.

Material is usually available for pickup within four business days, from one of eight pickup locations.  You will receive email notification when the material is ready for pickup. 

Multi-volume sets: there is a maximum of five volumes per request. It is the responsibility of the patron to determine if an item is composed of multiple volumes, and to request accordingly.

The lending library may recall an item at any time, and assign a new due date. Overdue recalled items accrue fines of $1.00 per day, up to a $90.00 maximum per item.  Please do not take Borrow Direct materials out of the country, as this makes it difficult to return items on time, especially if items are recalled.

You must return Borrow Direct material by the due date, to any library circulation desk. Fines will be assessed by the lender for damaged or lost books. If you have questions about Borrow Direct consult our Frequently Asked Questions


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