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Duke University Joins Library Book-Sharing Partnership

Duke joins 11 other universities to share library resources

Duke University Libraries has entered a resource-sharing partnership with 11 other universities.

The BorrowDirect program offers faculty, staff and students at all partner institutions expedited delivery of items from a total collection of more than 60 million volumes. Since its creation in 1999, BorrowDirect has filled more than two million requests, delivering books in three to five days on average.

The Duke Libraries are one of the nation’s top 10 private research libraries with a combined collection of more than 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 also that our library holdings will be more available to these BorrowDirect partners, and we look forward to increased collaboration with them on multiple fronts."

The BorrowDirect partnership covers collection agreements, on-site access across the partnership, joint ebook licensing, collaboration with the Center for Research Libraries, and other initiatives to enhance research and teaching.

"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 to the other 11 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. 

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