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Borrow Direct

Connect to Borrow Direct using your Cornell NetID.

What is Borrow Direct?

Borrow Direct is a rapid book request and delivery system. It enables Cornell faculty, staff and students to search the combined library catalogs of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale and MIT -- a collection of around 50 million volumes -- and directly request expedited delivery of circulating items.

In addition, Cornell patrons may now use the Borrow Direct system to search for items that are held in the Center for Research Libraries, and place requests for CRL items directly from the Borrow Direct search screen. Items requested from CRL can be tracked in your Interlibrary Loan account.

What are some features of the new version?

  • Improved availability information and display
  • Improvements to the overall look and layout
  • Thumbnail view of book jacket (when an image is available)
  • Material format icons in search results
  • Description field truncation in the item view (expandable to view the full description)
  • Linking to local items in the Cornell Library catalog (deep linking) when available locally.

How does Borrow Direct work?

  • Log into Borrow Direct using your Cornell NetID.
  • Use the Search function to locate the book you want to request. To search Borrow Direct and non-Borrow Direct catalogs at the same time, click here.
  • Select the library where you would like to pick up the item, then click the Request button.
  • You will receive an e-mail notice when the item is available to be picked up.

What can be requested through Borrow Direct?

  • Books and printed music not owned by Cornell libraries.
  • Books and printed music that are currently unavailable at Cornell, e.g., charged out, lost, missing, at the bindery, etc.
  • Books and printed music that normally circulate from the Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Princeton, Yale, MIT, and The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) collections.

What cannot be requested through Borrow Direct?

  • Books and printed music currently available at Cornell designated in the Catalog as "Not charged."
  • Journals, magazines, newspapers and other serials (note: deliverable via ILL if held at CRL.)
  • Photocopies of journal articles, conference proceedings, etc.
  • Reference books, microfilm and other non-circulating material (note: may be deliverable via ILL if held at CRL.)
  • Books from most of our partners' medical and law libraries.
  • Audio-visual material (DVD's, videos, CD's).

When will the book arrive from Borrow Direct?

  • Most items will be available for pick-up at the circulation desk of the pick-up location you have chosen within four working days of the date you placed your request.

What is the loan period for Borrow Direct books?

  • Six weeks (42 days), subject to recall by the owning library.
  • A one-time renewal for an additional six weeks (42 days) is available. The renewal sets the due date to six weeks (42 days) from the original due date, thus giving you a 12-week loan.

Are there overdue fines for Borrow Direct books?

  • Yes, fines for overdue or lost Borrow Direct books are the same as fines for regular Cornell Library books. Please see the Circulation Policies on the Borrowing and Delivery page for information about overdue fines.

How do I cancel a Borrow Direct request?

  • Contact one of the five pick-up locations listed below.

How do I renew Borrow Direct books?

  • You can renew books for an additional six-week period via My Account in the Library Catalog. (Borrow Direct items will appear there along with any Cornell Library items you have checked out.) The renewal sets the due date to six weeks (42 days) from the original due date, creating a 12-week loan.

Who is eligible to use Borrow Direct?

  • All current Cornell faculty, staff and registered students who are willing to accept e-mail as the primary method of notification.

How can I get material unavailable from Borrow Direct?

Questions about Borrow Direct?

If you have any further questions or can't find what you need, please ask a librarian or contact one of the five pick-up locations:

Olin Library 255-9564
Mann, Geneva or Veterinary Library 255-7754
Law Library 255-5750