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Harvard, MIT Expand Agreement on Sharing Collections

Universities stop charging for material requested from any Harvard or MIT library.


November 27, 2012—Harvard and MIT will allow free reciprocal borrowing and lending of materials from any library within each university. This new arrangement, effective December 3, 2012, builds on existing agreements between MIT and Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences libraries and the Countway Library of Medicine.


Previously, the institutions charged for the use of materials—such as books and scans of articles—via Interlibrary Loan. Harvard Library and MIT Resource Sharing staff members revisited the agreement since both universities joined Borrow Direct, a program that allows for borrowing among Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale.


“We spoke with Harvard librarians and met with MIT, and we all quickly concluded that expanding our free reciprocal borrowing was a win-win that builds on our existing collaborations,” says Matthew Sheehy, Head of Access Services for the Harvard Library.