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Duke University Libraries Join BorrowDirect Library Partnership

Duke is the latest institution to join a partnership sharing library resources across universities.


April 21, 2015—BorrowDirect recently announced the addition of Duke University to the program, in which 12 partner library systems, including the Harvard Library, engage in resource-sharing and other collaborative library projects. BorrowDirect offers faculty, students and staff at all partner institutions unmediated requesting and expedited delivery of items from a combined collection of over 50 million volumes and an integrated online search and discovery interface. Since its inception in 1999, BorrowDirect has successfully filled almost two million user requests by delivering books in three to five days. Duke has been a member of the related program, Borrow Direct Plus, which enables onsite access for network patrons, since its launch last October.

Duke University was created in 1924 but traces its roots back to 1838. Its libraries provide information services to over 14,000 graduate and undergraduate students, 1,700 faculty, and 10 schools and colleges supporting a wide range of academic and research programs. The Duke Libraries are one of the nation’s top 10 private research libraries with a combined collection of over 6.5 million volumes. Read the full story here.