Harvard and MIT have joined Borrow Direct! As you probably know, Borrow Direct is a patron initiated rapid book request and delivery system. What that means is that the Borrow Direct system allows you, and other faculty, staff, and students to search the combined library holdings of partner institutions (currently Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale – soon to include Harvard and MIT) and to directly request expedited delivery of circulating items. It makes it easy and fast to borrow books directly from partner libraries.
Before Harvard and MIT joined Borrow Direct, the combined collection accessible (to you) through the service was estimated at more than 40 million volumes, with a delivery time averaging between 2 and 4 business days from placing the request. Once Harvard and MIT are fully online (projected time frame is during the summer of 2011), the pool of materials available to you through Borrow Direct will have been deepened substantially. This is good news for all of us!