Borrow Direct and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) are services that enable Yale library patrons to obtain items not available at the Yale libraries. Requests may be made through Borrow Direct and ILL to borrow items from other libraries.
Patrons of other (non-Yale) libraries* who want to use Interlibrary Loan services to borrow items from Yale collections should go to Interlibrary Loan Services: Lending Policies for more information on how the service works.
*Please note: Libraries that are institutional members of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA) are not charged a fee for borrowing items from the Yale Divinity School Library.
Please be aware,
- Interlibrary Loan requests may NOT be made for items already owned by Yale (even if the item is currently checked out);
- Borrow Direct requests may be made for books that are:
- not owned by Yale
- checked out
- on closed reserve
- Books obtained through Borrow Direct may NOT be renewed.
Borrow Direct is a service offered by the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton, and Yale. The Borrow Direct system allows Yale readers to request books not owned, checked out, or otherwise unavailable at Yale.
Who can use Borrow Direct:
Yale faculty, students and staff who have NetIDs and active Yale email accounts may use Borrow Direct.
Library patrons who are blocked in Orbis will not be able to access Borrow Direct.
Items available for borrowing:
Please note, only books are available for loan through Borrow Direct. Each participating institution determines which of its libraries and collections will be available through Borrow Direct.
Patrons may request both books that are not owned by Yale and books that are currently unavailable at Yale (i.e., checked out, missing, or otherwise unavailable.)
To request a missing book through Borrow Direct, the Orbis record must be coded to indicate the appropriate status. If Orbis shows that a book is "not checked out," Borrow Direct will not accept a request for it. If a book is not found in the stacks, please inform the staff at the Circulation Desk and ask them to update the record to "missing."
Searching in Borrow Direct
Patrons can search Borrow Direct by title, author, or ISBN.
Subject and keyword searches are not available.
Notification and Delivery
Borrow Direct books are checked out like other Yale-owned library material. You can see what you have checked out in your Orbis account and will also receive all notices (hold, recall, overdue) to your Yale email address.
Book delivery can be designated for one of six Yale libraries, including the Divinity Library.
Most books requested through Borrow Direct will be available for pick up within four business days after a request is made.
The loan period for Borrow Direct is 6 weeks (42 days).
Books borrowed through Borrow Direct may be recalled by the owning library. A recalled book is due within 5 days of the recall notice.
One renewal is allowed for Borrow Direct books. The renewal allows you to keep the book for an additional 6-week period. After this time, the book must be returned. Note that you must log-in to your Orbis account and renew the book if you wish to keep it, just as you would with a book from a Yale library.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) should be used to request items not available at Yale or at any of the Borrow Direct libraries.
Who can use Interlibrary Loan:
Individuals in the following categories who have a current, valid Yale ID are eligible to use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) services: faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, University staff, visiting fellows, post-docs, and research fellows.
Other patrons may check with a staff member in the Privileges Office in Sterling Memorial Library.
Items available for borrowing:
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) may be used to request books, journal articles, and other research materials.
Materials which generally cannot be acquired through ILL include reference sources, standards, special collections, and reserve materials.
Complete journal issues or volumes may not be available for loan; individual articles may be requested and may be delivered either electronically to your email address or as photocopies to the library you designate.
All ILL requests are subject to the applicable copyright laws.
Requesting items through Interlibrary Loan
The first time you use ILL, you will have to fill out a registration form and create a username and password.
During subsequent visits to ILL you will need to login with your user name and password.
Notification and Delivery:
Patrons will receive an email notification when the item requested is available. If necessary, notices can be sent via campus mail or U.S. mail, but email is the preferred method of communication.
Patrons can check on the status of current requests by logging in to ILL and scrolling down to Manage Requests.
The average time required for obtaining material through Interlibrary Loan is 2 - 3 weeks, depending upon the time of year, the volume of requests, and the policies of the lending institution. Materials which are difficult to locate may require more time.
Books and other items will be delivered to the library you designate for your ILL request. Journal articles may be delivered electronically to your email address or with a photocopy sent to your designated library.
The lending institution determines length of the loan period, due date, and any conditions on the use of the material, e.g., in-library use only, no photocopying, no renewals.
Items borrowed through ILL may be recalled by the owning library.
Patrons will be charged fines for overdue interlibrary loans. Patrons will be charged replacement fees and fines for lost, unreturned, or damaged materials.
Renewal of an interlibrary loan must be requested at least one week before the due date. Contact the Interlibrary Loan staff in the Yale University library that processed your loan request. At the Divinity Library, contact the circulation staff.
Interlibrary loan material may NOT be renewed via the library's Web form.
The patron will be notified of the new due date if the renewal is granted by the lending institution.