New library borrowing privileges at top universities


Pictured in clockwise order: Cornell University, Yale University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College

If your research takes you beyond MIT, you can now use the university libraries at Ivy League institutions around the country, through MIT Libraries’ partnership with Borrow Direct–a cooperative association of academic and research libraries.

Beginning October 1, MIT students, faculty, and staff can visit and borrow materials from the libraries at: Brown University, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University.

When visiting one of these libraries, simply show your campus ID card, and once verified, you will be issued a library card. The lending library’s policies and loan periods apply to guest borrowers. Borrowed items may be returned at either the lending library or your home library.

For access to Harvard libraries, MIT users should continue to apply for borrowing privileges online, to guarantee access to the greatest number of libraries.

When you’re not visiting in person, you can request materials from Borrow Direct libraries online. Search over 50 million volumes in the school’s combined library catalogs, and request circulating materials directly from the library where they are held. Most materials arrive in a few business days.