Penn Libraries

Take Research on the Road With BorrowDirect Plus

Don’t let travel get in the way of your research. A new partnership of BorrowDirect libraries offers Penn students, faculty, and staff borrowing privileges at eleven participating institutions. Through BorrowDirect Plus, you now have library privileges at Duke University and the ten BorrowDirect libraries: Brown University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, and Yale University.

Heading up to the Boston area? Stop off at Harvard or MIT to check out some books and use the library. Off to Baltimore? Johns Hopkins Libraries are waiting. From Durham, NC to Hanover, NH, there is a library en route.

When visiting one of these libraries, you will need to show your Penn ID and log into BorrowDirect to prove current affiliation with the library. Once verified, you will be issued a library card at that institution. Users must register the first time at a specified campus library during select business hours. Please check ahead at for local access information. Items, collections, and participating campus libraries at each institution will vary.

BorrowDirect Plus is a new initiative to provide the Penn community access to more of the worlds greatest academic libraries. Most of these library materials are already available to request through BorrowDirect right from the Penn Libraries website. BorrowDirect is a rapid book request and delivery system offering over 50 million volumes. But when you decide to get off the computer and hit the road, BorrowDirect Plus is your ticket to a world of information.


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