Borrow Direct




Changes to BorrowDirect

BorrowDirect, an expedited interlibrary loan service that connects faculty, students, and staff to the collections of our Ivy Plus Libraries Confederation partners, moved to a new platform on December 13, 2022. The new platform, ReShare Returnables, will provide the foundation for the service going forward.

Why has the platform changed?

ReShare is an open-source platform providing additional opportunities to customize the service to our changing needs. ReShare is owned and governed by a community of libraries and developers, promoting collaboration across libraries and institutions, and creating more opportunities for future functionality.

How will this impact users?

  • Users will still have access to the collections of the same IPLC partner libraries.
  • The loan period for borrowed materials remains 16 weeks.
  • BorrowDirect will continue to be the quickest option for obtaining materials not available at Princeton.
  • Requests that cannot be fulfilled within BorrowDirect will seamlessly transition to ILLiad for fulfillment, without any action needed on your part.  


Contact us with any questions!


Kindly note, at this time, Firestone Library will be the only pick-up location. Please email us at with any questions regarding current Borrow Direct services.


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


The University members eligible for the service:

  1. Currently enrolled Princeton students who are authorized to be on campus and have an active PUID
  2. Current Princeton faculty who are authorized to be on campus and have an active PUID
  3. Currently active Princeton staff members who are authorized to be on campus and have an active PUID

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

Borrow Direct material is only available for pick-up at Firestone Library, usually within seven business days.  You will receive email notification when the material is ready for pick-up. 

Multi-volume sets:  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.  If a book is not recalled, but overdue, normal overdue fines of $.25 per day will apply. 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.

Note: Due to COVID-19 the Borrow Direct Plus service (described below) may not be available at every Borrow Direct partner library. Check with a participating partner library before planning any visits.  

Borrow Direct Plus is a service available to faculty, staff and students at Borrow Direct partner libraries. The service allows for short term onsite borrowing at Borrow Direct libraries. It does not allow for the pickup of regular Borrow Direct requests at other institutions. Users who have accounts in good standing will have access to circulating materials at any of the participating libraries. When visiting one of these libraries, members of the Borrow Direct Plus community will need to show their campus ID card and log into their home library account to show their current status; once verified, they will be issued a library card. Items, collections and participating libraries on each campus will vary by institution. The lending library’s policies and loan periods for onsite borrowing are similar to those for guest borrowers, and it is recommended that users considering a visit to one of the libraries view their policies ahead of time

For more information about Borrow Direct, consult our Frequently Asked Questions


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