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BorrowDirect, E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan: BorrowDirect


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What is BorrowDirect?

BorrowDirect is a direct request service for books from Brown, Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and the Center for Research Libraries.

  • Search multiple library collections simultaneously; place your own requests
  • Fast delivery in 3 - 5 days
  • Track request progress online and by email sent to you


  • Searching and discovery: Keyword and advanced author, title, and subject searching, in an updated interface.
  • Loan period: 16 weeks, no renewals.
  • Integration with your Library account: BorrowDirect books will be charged on your account just like Penn books.
  • Account information: In addition to automatic email notification, you can view and track items borrowed using the "My Account" feature in BorrowDirect.
  • Delivery options: Books may be delivered to any Penn Library for pick-up.
  • Linking to Interlibrary Loan: Requests for books that cannot be supplied by BorrowDirect may be passed directly to Interlibrary Loan.




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