Get It

Get It includes Borrow Direct, Interlibrary Loan, and Scan & Deliver. For an overview of Get It, see this chart.

Borrow Direct

Borrow Direct enables Harvard University students, faculty, and staff with library borrowing privileges and active email accounts to borrow books directly from the libraries of Brown, University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale, through the Borrow Direct Catalog. Just click on GET IT in the Hollis Catalog. You will be required to login with your Harvard Key before searching the Borrow Direct Catalog.

What Can Be Borrowed

All printed books (monographs) and music scores that are lent by the owning library.

What Can't Be Borrowed

Books held in the Harvard Library collection that are on the shelf and available for lending; books assigned to reference, reserve, or rare book collections by the owning library; bound journals or journal articles, audio-visual material (DVDs, videos), or microforms (film, fiche).

Response Time

Available books usually arrive within four business days.


A notice is sent to your email account when a requested book arrives. To check on the status of your request go to My Account located below the search box in the Borrow Direct Catalog.

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan services (for books or articles not available here or at other Harvard libraries in Cambridge or through Borrow Direct) are available to all Harvard Divinity School students, faculty, and staff who carry valid Harvard University photo ID cards.

You may submit an online form to request a book or an article through interlibrary loan (registration is required the first time you log in), or you may use printable forms to request a book or an article. Copies of these forms are also available at the circulation desk. On the Article Request Form, please include citation information, and do not forget to sign the Copyright Compliance Agreement by checking "Yes" and adding the date.

It usually takes at least two weeks to obtain a requested item. The lending library determines the due date and whether the items may leave the library to which an item is loaned. Failure to return items on time will result in fines and loss of interlibrary loan privileges.

If you would like to recommend that the library purchase the item, rather than borrow it, please use our Recommendation for Purchase form.

For more information, consult the circulation staff, 617.495.7738, or email interlibrary loan,

Scan & Deliver

Andover-Harvard Theological Library is participating in a service of the Harvard University libraries called "Scan & Deliver." Scan & Deliver is a free service for Harvard faculty, students, and staff that will deliver scanned articles or chapters from materials at the Harvard Depository and participating libraries to researchers' desktops.

You should start with a citation that includes the author, title, source, and page numbers of the journal article or chapter. Search for the source in either HOLLIS or HOLLIS Classic. On the availability screen, a Scan & Deliver link will show next to the item if it is eligible for this service. You will need to be authenticated through the Harvard PIN server and fill out a request form. Library staff will receive that form, scan the article or chapter if it is available, and upload it to a server. When it is available, you will receive an email message with a link to the document in PDF format.

You will need to register for this service, which you may do when you make your first request. You will need to make the request again after registration. You will not be required to enter your personal information for subsequent requests. Your registration and requests are managed through a system called ILLiad; you may track your requests by logging into your ILLiad account.

You will also need to have Adobe Reader to read the PDF; download it free.

Important Points About This Service

You may make a request for only one article of a journal issue or one chapter of a book.

  • There is a limit of five requests per day.
  • No request may exceed 100 pages.
  • If an article or a book is already available electronically, it will be faster for you to get it that way.
  • This service cannot be used for requesting articles or book chapters that are on reserve in the library.
  • The request may take up to four business days to be filled.
  • If an item is checked out or missing or too fragile, it cannot be scanned.

Legal Restrictions

You may not reproduce or distribute the scan by electronic transmission or by any other means. This is covered by the copyright law of the United States (Title 17 U.S. Code, Section 108), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. A library reserves the right to refuse to accept a scan order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.