CRL Partners with Borrow Direct

Friday, September 16, 2011
Kevin Wilks -

The Center for Research Libraries has forged a close partnership with Borrow Direct, a patron-initiated, rapid book request and delivery system.

Borrow Direct provides unified access to the collections of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania libraries. Through the partnership of Borrow Direct and the Center for Research Libraries, researchers at CRL member institutions in Borrow Direct will gain direct access to discover and request material from CRL’s extensive collections.

Borrow Direct is an expedited delivery system for books (primarily monographs) enabling faculty, students, and staff of Borrow Direct institutions to request circulating materials directly from the library where they are held, without the need for library staff to intervene in the process. CRL is committed to the same expedited delivery standard, shipping material directly to the borrowing patron’s library via UPS 2nd Day Delivery. Borrow Direct has successfully provided over 1 million items since the service was initiated in 1999, and the addition of CRL’s diverse and unique collection will greatly expand research materials available through the Borrow Direct service.

For further information about CRL’s new Borrow Direct partnership, contact Kevin Wilks, Head of Access Services.