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Collaborative Access and Borrowing Partnerships: BorrowDirect / Ivies Plus

This guide serves to inform the Dartmouth community about the policies and procedures related to collaborative access and borrowing privileges agreements between Dartmouth and other institutions.

General Information

BorrowDirect member institutions have collaborated to develop an initiative that allows reciprocal access and/or borrowing privileges for faculty, staff and students of participating institutions.  

At the moment, the Dartmouth Libraries are open to current faculty, staff and students only. On-site access has been temporarily suspended due to current COVID restrictions on building access to the public. We hope to resume this service in the future as campus restrictions are removed.

In addition, Dartmouth-affiliated staff and students are eligible for on-site access and/or on-site borrowing privileges at these same institutions.  If you are planning a visit to one of these libraries, please check with them before traveling as many have similar campus restrictions in place.

  The  list of participating institutions include: 

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University (including Union Theological Seminary)
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Yale University

HOW DO DARTMOUTH STAFF AND STUDENTS USE THIS SERVICE?

Who is eligible to use this service?

Current Dartmouth College, faculty, emeritus faculty, students, and staff  who are in good standing with the library will be granted   on-site access and borrowing privileges at participating libraries.

How do you borrow materials at participating libraries?

Eligible Dartmouth and DHMC-affiliated faculty, Dartmouth College staff and students will be required to provide the following upon registration at a participating library:

  • A Dartmouth College photo ID (for both access and borrowing privileges)
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) patrons who have Borrow Direct privileges will present a DHMC ID with a Dartmouth College library barcode number affixed to the back of the ID.  

  • Successful validation as a BorrowDirect user through “Borrow Direct My Account” login at library service desk (for borrowing privileges)  DHMC eligible patrons will use the library barcode number to access their Borrow Direct account.

The loan period will be based on local library policies and practices, though loan periods for monographs will typically be at least 28 days.

On-site borrowing account creation and expiration will be set by local policy.  New accounts must be created at the location and within the hours set by each institution.

What kinds of material can be borrowed?

  • Materials eligible to circulate via Borrow Direct are included
  • Other materials in the circulating collections of participating libraries may be accessible as dictated by local policy.

INFORMATION FOR VISITING BORROWDIRECT/IVIES PLUS ID HOLDERS

Who is eligible to use this service?

On-site access and borrowing privileges at Dartmouth College Libraries will be granted to current faculty, emeritus faculty, students, and staff of participating member institutions, who are in good standing with their home library.  Access only does not require any special procedures as our libraries are open to the general public during general/public hours.

How do you borrow materials here at Dartmouth?

Eligible member library faculty, staff and students will be required to provide the following upon registration at Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library Circulation Desk:

  • A current Institutional photo ID (for both access and borrowing privileges)
  • Successful validation as a BorrowDirect user through “Borrow Direct My Account” login at Baker-Berry Library Circulation Desk (for borrowing privileges)
  • Successful validation through “Home Library My Account” for Ivies Plus members who are not BorrowDirect partners (for borrowing privileges)
  • A library card will be issued for ninety days with renewal available upon re verification of eligibility.

The loan period will be based on local library policies and practices for community guest borrowers, though loan periods for monographs will typically be at least 28 days with unlimited renewals.

What kinds of material can be borrowed?

  • All materials currently in our circulating collections will be included, subject to the loan policies and procedures of our varying libraries.

QUESTIONS OR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For more information and help using this service, contact Lydia R. Borsh, Library Privileges Specialist at lydia.r.borsh@dartmouth.edu