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WorldCat Local: Easy Access to Books from Other Libraries

02/15/12

Introducing WorldCat Local, the quickest way to get a book from another library when it is not available at Boston College.

WorldCat Local is an online catalog configured to search the collections of the 17 institutions in the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), a group of academic and research libraries mostly in the Boston area.

Locate a book in a BLC library, put in a request (without filling out a form), and have it at BC in 2-5 days. If the book is not at available from a Consortium library, you can request it from other libraries in just a few clicks.

WorldCat Local can also be used for CDs, DVDs, microfilm, and other physical items available in BLC libraries.  Books and other materials can be requested if they are not owned by the Boston College Libraries or when they are checked out or otherwise unavailable.

Articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers that are not available at BC should be requested via interlibrary loan forms instead of WorldCat Local.  (Books can be ordered via ILL form as well, but the process is streamlined when done through WorldCat Local.)

Boston College faculty, students, and staff also continue to have access to the traditional WorldCat with more advanced searching options.

For more on WorldCat Local, interlibrary, and other access to materials at other libraries see Items Not at Boston College on the Libraries website.