BorrowDirect Plus

As a Harvard affiliate, can I visit other libraries and borrow materials there?

You can visit and check out books at other BorrowDirect libraries (including MIT). For information about which libraries participate and the specific policies of each one, visit the BorrowDirect Plus page.

• In most cases you'll need your Harvard ID.  A staff member at the other library will usually ask you to log in to your Borrow Direct Account as authorization for borrowing.

• These books should be returned directly to the owning library, not to a Harvard library facility.

• Consult the Library Access and Borrowing Office for the latest information about any reciprocal arrangements we have with other libraries beyond BorrowDirect Plus.


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  • If If you're experiencing an ongoing technical issue when you attempt to access library materials with your HarvardKey during these times, please report it to Library Technology Services.



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