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Looking for a book but it’s not available at Harvard? Are you a Harvard student, faculty or staff member with library borrowing privileges and active email account? Then use Borrow Direct to borrow books directly from the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale. Borrow Direct is just one of the Harvard Library’s Get It suite of services, providing Harvard researchers with a full range of options for locating and requesting materials. Please contact the Reference Desk for assistance.

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What Can Be Borrowed

  • All printed books (monographs) and music scores that are lent by the owning library

What Can’t Be Borrowed

  • Books held in the Harvard Library collection that are on the shelf and available for lending
  • Books assigned to reference, reserve, or rare book collections by the owning library
  • Bound journals or journal articles, audio-visual material (DVDs, videos), or microforms (film, fiche)

Response Time

Available books usually arrive within four (4) business days.


A notice is sent to your e-mail account when a requested book arrives.

Loan Period

Loans are for 16 weeks and renewals are not allowed.