Answered By: Deborah Slingluff
Last Updated: Apr 28, 2017     Views: 3292

BORROW DIRECT - JHU is part of a consortium -- consisting of the Ivy League, MIT, Chicago, Duke and Stanford-- whose members lend books to one another.

1.     What is Borrow Direct?

Borrow Direct is often the best way to borrow print books, printed musical scores and DVDs that are NOT available from the JHU libraries.

Note: You can NOT get articles through this service.

2.     Who can use Borrow Direct?

Any current Johns Hopkins student, faculty, or staff member who has a JHED ID and password. 

3.     What are the differences between Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan?

  • Borrow Direct is usually faster; materials typically arrive in 3-5 days
  • You can request items that are OWNED by JHU’s libraries but which are CHECKED OUT or ON RESERVE

4.     What is the loan period for materials from Borrow Direct?

Loan period is 12 weeks [3 months] with NO renewals. Items are recalled from you ONLY if needed for Reserve.

5.     How long does it take Borrow Direct materials to arrive?

Usually 3-5 business days.

Materials are all delivered to Eisenhower Library. For delivery to another JHU location, add one more business day, because our courier must deliver it. You will receive an e-mail when your request is available for pick-up.

6.     What types of materials are available from BorrowDirect?

  • Print books and printed music (scores) that are not owned or available at Johns Hopkins
  • DVDs that are not owned or available at Johns Hopkins

7.     What types of materials are NOT requestable from Borrow Direct, even though they appear in your list of search results?

·       Materials that ARE available in the Johns Hopkins Libraries and NOT charged out or on reserve
·       Journal articles and journal volumes
·       E-books
·       Microforms
·       Videos
·       Maps  

8.     How do I use the system?

  1. Search the JHU catalog (Catalyst) to make sure that we do not have the item you want.
  2. Search the Borrow Direct catalog (enter your JHED ID to take you to the search page).
  3. Find the item that you want
  4. Look at the little symbol on the far right of the page to make sure that your book is NOT an e-book; we can't borrow e-books (yet)
  5. Select a pick-up location, and click REQUEST.
  6. If BorrowDirect can NOT supply the item, you will see a link to JHU's ILL service.  Select the appropriate request form, and the information about the item you want will be added to the form automatically.

If you have questions about or need help with Borrow Direct, please send a note to


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