Borrow Direct

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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 Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Duke, Princeton and Yale, a collection of over 60 million volumes, and directly request expedited delivery of circulating items.

How does Borrow Direct work?

  • Login to Borrow Direct using your Cornell NetID.
  • Use the Search function to locate the book you want to request.
  • Select the appropriate pickup location.
  • You will immediately receive an e-mail confirming your request. Status updates will be sent when the item is shipped and when it becomes available for pickup.  if a request can't be filled, you will be notified of the cancellation.

What can be requested through Borrow Direct?

  • Books, printed music, and some audio-visual materials (DVDs, videos, CDs) not owned by Cornell libraries
  • Books, printed music, and some audio-visual materials that are currently unavailable at Cornell, e.g., checked out, lost, missing, at the bindery, etc.
  • Books, printed music, and some audio-visual materials that normally circulate from the partner universities' collections

What cannot be requested through Borrow Direct?

  • Books, printed music, and some audio-visual material currently showing as “available” in the Cornell Library catalog
  • E-books
  • Journals, magazines, newspapers, and other serials
  • Photocopies of journal articles, conference proceedings, etc.
  • Reference books, microfilm and other non-circulating material
  • Books from most of our partners' medical and law libraries
  • Please try Interlibrary Loan for items not available through Borrow Direct

When will the book arrive from Borrow Direct?

Most items will be available for pick-up at the circulation desk of your choosing within 4 working days of the date you placed your request.

What is the loan period for Borrow Direct books?

8 weeks (subject to recall by the owning library).

Can I renew Borrow Direct books?

Borrow Direct books can be renewed one time for an additional 8 weeks. The renewal request can be placed at any time, giving a total loan period of 16 weeks.

How do I cancel my request?

Please email with your Borrow Direct request number to ask for a cancellation.

Who is eligible to use Borrow Direct?

All current Cornell faculty, staff, and registered students.

How can I get material that is not available from Borrow Direct?

Request a book or article through Interlibrary Loan.

Interested in Borrow Direct Plus?

If you are planning on visiting a Borrow Direct partner institution and would like to find out how to obtain on-site borrowing privileges, please visit the BorrowDirect Plus page.

Questions about Borrow Direct?

If you have any further questions or can't find what you need, please ask a librarian, or contact Olin Library Interlibrary Services at (607) 255-9564, or email