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Harvard-Yenching Library Joins Borrow Direct

January 15, 2013—Approximately 414,000 items from the Harvard-Yenching Library collection are now accessible to Harvard’s Borrow Direct partners, in addition to the approximately 6.5 million items from Harvard’s collections previously made available to Borrow Direct partners.


Borrow Direct, which Harvard joined in 2011, enables students, faculty and staff from any participating partner to borrow books directly from the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale. The combined Borrow Direct catalog provides access to 50 million volumes; borrowers typically receive titles within four business days. 


“In the spirit of the Harvard Library’s new initiatives of sharing its library resources with peer institutions, we at the Harvard-Yenching Library are pleased that our library holdings, including unique materials, will be used by scholars at our peer institutions,” noted James Cheng, librarian for Harvard-Yenching Library.

"The addition of the Harvard-Yenching collections is a great step in this collaborative initiative, which has been keenly anticipated and warmly welcomed by the Borrow Direct community," said Helen Shenton, executive director for the Harvard Library.

In addition to Harvard-Yenching, the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Law School Library, Widener Library and collections housed at the Harvard Depository also participate in Borrow Direct.