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Should I choose BorrowDirect or interlibrary loan?


Choose BorrowDirect when it is an option. Choose interlibrary loan when there are no other options available.

What is BorrowDirect?

BorrowDirect is a library resource sharing partnership between thirteen Ivies Plus members (Johns Hopkins is a member). Member institutions share collection resources, a search interface, underlying technologies, and a delivery service for physical items.

Delivery of a BorrowDirect item typically takes 3-6 business days.

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is a service that delivers items not held by Johns Hopkins to Johns Hopkins users.

Delivery of an interlibrary loan item takes between 1-28 business days.

How do BorrowDirect and Interlibrary Loan Compare?

Comparison BorrowDirect Interlibrary Loan
Delivery time

Approximately 3-6 business days

Usually 1-28 business days

Requestable items

Books and other physical items

Items that are not in the Johns Hopkins Collection

Can I use it is a Johns Hopkins item is checked out?


No, interlibrary loan is only available for items that are not held in the Johns Hopkins Collection.

Tips for use

A BorrowDirect link will appear as an option in Catalyst and Find It if the item is checked out.

An interlibrary loan link for Welch borrowers appears near the bottom of Find It records.