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Borrowing Privileges - On-Site BorrowDirect Plus Visitors


  • Current faculty, emeritus faculty, students, and staff of the participating BorrowDirect and Ivies Plus institutions
  • Check out our Research Guide on this partnership with the Ivies Plus group


  • Register at the Baker-Berry Library Circulation Desk during staffed hours.
  • Must present current institutional photo ID.
  • Verify current Home library status via Borrow Direct My Account login or, for non-Borrow Direct libraries, home library My Account login.
  • A library card valid for 3 months is issued at registration. Renewals allowed with re verification of eligibility.
  • The library card is non-transferable and may be used only by the person to whom it was issued.
  • There is no registration fee for this card.
  • The library card establishes eligibility for services described below and must be presented at time of checkout.

Library Access

  • Within most Dartmouth libraries, guest borrowers are welcome to browse the open book stacks; to use electronic journals and books; newspapers and periodicals; music CDs; DVDs and videos; microforms; maps; and government documents. The Library's online catalog is freely available, and some digital resources are available to guest borrowers, but others are restricted to the Dartmouth Community only. This does not include off-campus access to licensed online resources.

Borrowing Privileges

  • Loan period is 28 days, unless otherwise specified by individual library.
  • Card will be issued for 3 months from date of registration, with option for renewal.
  • There is a 20-book limit for On-site BorrowDirect /Ivies Plus borrowers. 
  • Circulating material from all library locations is included.
  • Items may be returned to either the home or lending library.


  • Any registered user may recall material that is currently checked out. ALL materials, checked out by ANY patron, are subject to recall.
  • You may request a recall at the Circulation Desk. We will notify the current user the following day that this item now has a new, earlier, due date. Once it has been returned, we will send you a Hold Pick-up Notice, letting you know that the item is on the hold shelf at the Circulation Desk.
  • Each user is entitled to keep an item for a minimum amount of time, calculated from the original check out date, before it is eligible for recall:
    • Books - 14 days, Journals - 1 day
    • Exception: Items recalled by the Reserve Services Desk are due back to the Circulation Desk IMMEDIATELY.
  • If you receive a recall notice, it will name a new due date. The item must be returned to the Circulation Desk by that date, or overdue fines will be charged. Overdue fines on recalled items are $1.00 per day, per item.
  • Recalled items cannot be renewed.

Overdue and Recall Fines

  • Overdue fines for books are generally 10ยข per day. Overdue fines will be charged for late renewals.
  • Late respondents to recall notices are charged $1 per day per item.


  • Most library materials may be renewed up to two times via phone, email, Internet, mail, or in person. 
  • Exceptions include recalled materials, course reserve materials, and non-print materials from the Jones Media Center and other collections. These materials must be physically returned to the library and may be eligible to be checked out a second time if another patron is not waiting for the material.

Unreturned Materials

  • Patrons are responsible for all materials checked out to them.
  • Any materials not returned, lost, or stolen, must be replaced.
  • Replacement includes the cost of the book, a billing fee of $15.00, and a processing fee of $25.00.
  • If a book is lost or stolen, the library should be notified immediately to stop the accrual of fines and start the replacement procedure.
  • If the book is found and returned to the library, the replacement and processing fees will be refunded, but the billing fee of $15.00 will not.
  • Replacement charges will eventually be turned over to the home institution of the borrower for final collection if we are unable to collect from borrower. We will send regular overdue notices and invoice patron directly before asking home institution to reimburse.

DartDoc (Interlibrary Loan)

  • These services are not available to On-site BorrowDirect /Ivies Plus borrowers.

Reference Services

  • Reference service is available in all libraries at no charge.
  • Availability depends on staffing levels and demands for services. First priority is always given to members of the Dartmouth community.

Participating Institutions:

  • Brown University
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Princeton University
  • Yale University

Last Updated: 4/12/16