Borrow from another Ivy Plus library

If we don’t have an item in our collection, we can often get it through expedited delivery from another Ivy Plus library. We have quick access to a collection of over ninety million volumes. 

The Stanford Libraries partnership includes the following libraries:

  • Brown
  • Columbia
  • Cornell 
  • Dartmouth
  • Harvard 
  • University of Pennsylvania 
  • University of Chicago 
  • Johns Hopkins 
  • MIT
  • Duke
  • Princeton
  • Yale


Search for material you need 

Search for material you need in SearchWorks. If Stanford’s copy is not available, place a request using the blue Request button. This action will route your request to BorrowDirect. 

Who is eligible for BorrowDirect

Stanford students, faculty, staff, fellows, and visiting scholars.

What to expect

  • We will email you when your items arrive.

  • Items usually arrive in a week.

  • You can check the status of your request on your My Library Account.

  • Items are loaned for 8 weeks with the option for one 8-week renewal. 

  • Overdue fines are not charged. Lost item fees of $100 are billed 14 days after the item’s due date. Occasionally, lending libraries may accept replacement copies. In those cases, processing fees may still apply.

Renew BorrowDirect items

All items are eligible for one 8-week renewal.

Return BorrowDirect items

Use any of the Green Library book return bins.

Questions about BorrowDirect?

For any questions or concerns, please contact Interlibrary loan staff or call (650)725-1278.