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Borrowing Guide: Borrow Direct Plus On-Site Borrowing

Welcome to Yale Library!

Yale Library is open to current Yale ID Card holders. We regret that we cannot extend library access to patrons outside of our immediate community. Information about Yale Library and our services is available here.

All fines for overdue, recalled, and lost Yale Library and Interlibrary Loan materials will be waived. If you accrue fines, please email or fill out this form for quick resolution.

Faculty, Staff, Student at BorrowDirect Plus Institutions

What am I eligible for?

Faculty, Staff and Students at institutions participating in the BorrowDirect Plus On-Site Borrowing program will receive free borrowing standard privileges upon request. The Yale Lillian Goldman Law Library may also be accessed through a separate registration process.  Participating institutions include:

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University (including Union Theological Seminary)
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania

How do I register?

Readers in this category who wish to use the Yale collections must register in person at the Library Services desk located in the nave of Sterling Memorial Library (SML).  Readers will also be asked to verify current eligibility by logging into their home institution's Borrow Direct or Library Account.  To register, you will need to provide two forms of ID - one from each column.  


Government Issued ID

Secondary ID from participating University 

  • Driver’s license (from U.S. or Canada)
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • Permanent Resident Card (form I-551) from USCIS
  • A valid ID Card and/or
  • A letter of introduction on organization letterhead


  • Registration for the Yale Lillian Goldman Law Library may be done by visiting during posted Circulation Desk Hours
  • Use and access to the Divinity Library is restricted to normal business hours, M-TH, 8:30-6:30pm, Fridays 8:30-5:00.  Please consult the Divinity Library's hours page for any exceptions.  

Explanation of Privileges

  • Check out materials from any library
  • Building Access – allowed until closing
  • On-site access to electronic resources
  • Loan length varies by owning library. Standard loan periods are two months or date of account expiration, whichever is lesser.
  • Book limit – 15 books
  • Length of privileges - 1 year, renewable 

*Use “Place Requests” to retrieve materials and have them delivered to the circulation desk of the selected Yale University Library.  Allow two business days for delivery of items between libraries. 

Chat with us!

Contact Privileges Staff


Send questions to Sterling Memorial Library Services at:

Phone: (203) 432-1775



The Library Service desk is located on the ground floor of Sterling Memorial Library in the nave and is open during normal library hours.

Visitor Library Privileges Hours

Academic Year

Monday-Thursday: 8:30AM-6PM
Friday: 8:30AM-4:45PM
Saturday: 10AM-4:45PM
Sunday: 12noon-6PM

Please review weekly hours before planning your visit.