Borrowing books -
Interlibrary Loan or Borrow Direct?
rapid book request and delivery system. It enables Cornell faculty, staff and
students to search the combined library catalogs of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale, a collection of over
40 million volumes, and directly request expedited delivery of circulating
items. Borrow Direct can be used to borrow titles that are currently checked
out at Cornell. Borrow Direct can only be used to borrow individual books, no
serials or other formats. Most Borrow Direct books arrive within 2-4 working
days. The loan period is 6 weeks. Borrow Direct material is not renewable.
If the title you need is not available from Borrow Direct and Cornell does not
own it, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan request. Items borrowed on
Interlibrary Loan are usually renewable. Dissertations, videos, DVD’s,
microfilm, fiche, and other miscellaneous formats can be requested through
Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan cannot be used to borrow material that
is checked out, on reserve or non-circulating at Cornell. Most loans
requested on Interlibrary Loan arrive within 1-2 weeks.
For copies of articles or book chapters from titles not held in the Cornell
Library, please use Interlibrary Loan.
Most articles are received electronically within 2 business days. There
is no charge for articles received on Interlibrary Loan.
For copies of articles or book chapters from titles held in the
Cornell Library you may submit a request for a Document Delivery. There may be a
fee for some Document Delivery requests. Documents from the Library Annex and
certain other types of requests are free from charge. Please check to see if
your request is eligible for a fee waiver.
The first time you use Interlibrary Loan/Document
delivery you will be asked to select a processing unit. There are five units:
Olin Library, Mann Library, Law School Library, Vet School Library, and
Geneva Experiment Station Library. When you register please select the
library you use most often. This is particularly important for books because
you will pick up and return your interlibrary loans at the circulation desk
of this library.
For Borrow Direct, you will select your pick-up
location from one of the five libraries above for each request submitted.
If you are a student requesting material on behalf of a staff or faculty
member you must be designated as a proxy user for that person.
Only staff or faculty can authorize a proxy. If you are a staff or faculty
member wishing to have someone else pick up your loans, please set them up as
authorized proxies on your library account:
name and student ID number
An expiration date (if not
provided, the default is one year.
The records will then be linked in Voyager, Cornell's online
If you would like your proxy user to be able to submit Borrow Direct
or Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery requests under your name, please
contact the Olin Interlibrary Services department and we will arrange this
Loans:US and Canadian dissertations are often successfully
borrowed. Foreign dissertations can sometimes be obtained in 2 weeks but they
often take from 3 months to a year to borrow. Please indicate your deadline
when requesting the loan of a foreign dissertation.
Most US and Canadian dissertations can be purchased as unbound hard copy for
$29.00. Prepayment is required. Indicate in the Notes Field if you would like
to purchase a dissertation.
You will be notified by e-mail when your material is available. Loans are
picked up at the Olin Library circulation desk. Copies are usually available
electronically, but if they are not your photocopy will be mailed to you.
The easiest way to renew an item is by logging into Interlibrary Loan.
Choose the "Review Requests" button at the top of the page. Select
"View/Renew Checked Out Items". You can also email us at email@example.com or call 255-9564.
Patrons are notified that an interlibrary loan item is overdue shortly after the
item becomes due. If you receive an overdue email please turn the item or
request a renewal. Over a period of 10 days, patrons
are sent overdue notices by e-mail. After 10 days, your Interlibrary Loan
account is blocked, which means you can no longer submit requests. In
addition, it blocks the continuation of any current requests you have in the
If a borrowed item is damaged it should still be returned, no matter how
severe the damage. Do not attempt to repair it yourself. The lending library
will determine if the item needs to be repaired or replaced. If costs are
incurred, you will bear responsibility for paying for them.
If you would like assistance with citations prior to submitting requests or
if a request has been cancelled due to a problematic citation, please stop by
the reference desk, or visit their website
for email and phone information.
If you have any questions about Interlibrary Services not answered on this
page or if you have questions concerning pending requests, please contact the
Interlibrary Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (607) 255-9564.