Duke University Joins BorrowDirect Library Partnership

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BorrowDirect is pleased to announce that Duke University has joined the eleven partner libraries to engage in resource sharing and other collaborative library projects. BorrowDirect offers faculty, students, and staff at all partner institutions expedited delivery of items from a combined collection of over 60 million volumes. Since its inception in 1999, BorrowDirect has successfully filled over 2 million user requests with book delivery in 3 – 5 days.

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.

"Researchers at Duke will benefit greatly from enhanced access to the library collections of the BorrowDirect institutions," said Deborah Jakubs, Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University. "We are pleased that our own library holdings will be more available to these BorrowDirect partners, and we look forward to increased collaboration with them on multiple fronts."

Over the last fifteen years the BorrowDirect resource sharing partnership has expanded to encompass collective collection agreements, on-site access across the partnership, joint ebook licensing, collaboration with the Center for Research Libraries, and other innovative initiatives to enhance research and teaching at the partner institutions. “The BorrowDirect partners are extremely pleased to welcome Duke University into the program,” said Susan Gibbons, University Librarian and Deputy Provost for Libraries & Scholarly Communication at Yale University. “The benefits of Duke’s participation are immediate and substantial, both to the Duke community as well as the other eleven BorrowDirect partners.”

BorrowDirect was established as a joint project of three Ivy League libraries and has grown to include Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and now Duke University.