Yale Library will continue to process interlibrary loan requests for articles and chapters (items not available from Yale Library) and Scan & Deliver requests (items available in the Yale Library collections). However, turnaround time for these services may be delayed, and the fulfillment of interlibrary loan requests is dependent on our partner libraries. We ask that you prioritize requesting items that are the most urgent for your research, course work, or patient care needs.
BorrowDirect service has restarted as of September 25, 2020 with the addition of a Mail to Address option as of October 20, 2020. All interlibrary loan services, including the borrowing and lending of physical materials (such as books) have restarted as of October 7, 2020. Mail to Address is an option for Interlibrary Loan books and other physical materials borrowed through ILL, in addition to items borrowed through BorrowDirect. Please choose the Mail to Address option on the ILL or BorrowDirect request form when you make your request.
If you are on campus or in the New Haven area, you may return BorrowDirect and ILL materials to any open library book drop. Otherwise, please keep these items until you return to campus; any overdue fines and fees will be waived. If you wish to return your material before you return to campus, please contact Ask Yale Library for options.
Information about library services during COVID-19 can be found on the library's COVID-19 homepage.
What is it?
A rapid delivery service that allows you to search and obtain books from some of the top academic libraries in the country.
When do I use it?
If you can't check out a book or monograph right now at Yale, or if Yale doesn't own it, then you can request it through Borrow Direct.
How long does it take?
Borrow Direct requests arrive within four business days. Often, they are here within two.
How long can I keep materials?
Items are checked out for sixteen weeks at a time, with no renewals. Items may be due sooner if recalled by the lending library.