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Interlibrary Loan - Lending Services

Interlibrary loan lending in O'Neill Library supplies other libraries with materials needed by their users. The Boston College libraries have an obligation to supply materials to other libraries as part of the reciprocal nature of interlibrary loan.

Lending requests for all libraries are received in the Interlibrary Loan Office located in O'Neill Library and are forwarded to the appropriate library for filling if the material is held outside O'Neill Library.

Individual patrons are not served directly; all lending activity is library to library.


Sending Requests

Requests for loan or photocopy are transmitted via the OCLC WorldCat interlibrary loan network, DOCLINE request system, or via the lending web form below. To use the lending web service form and receive a user name and password, contact Anne Kenny at or at 617-552-6937 for instructions. In-person requests (person from other libraries carrying interlibrary loan forms) are not accepted.

OCLC symbol: BXM
Boston College Lending Web Form
Odyssey Address:
Libraries homepage: /libraries/


What can be requested?

The Boston College Libraries reserve the right to restrict the loan period, or refuse to lend, any circulating material that is fragile or in demand, or that may otherwise need special restriction.

Requests will normally be filled for the following material:

  • material in the circulating collections
  • photocopies or scans of any material that would not be damaged in the process of copying or restricted by copyright regulation
  • audio-visual materials
  • microfilm (four reels per individual request)
  • microfiche
  • Boston College dissertations and theses (copies of fiche available for loan and return.)
  • copies from journals only available in electronic format where the license permits interlibrary loan

What can not be requested?

  • materials already on loan to a BC patron
  • individual paper issues of current newspapers and journals
  • bound periodicals
  • computer software
  • tests and measures
  • books from the Burns, Educational Resource Center and O'Connor (Weston Observatory) libraries

Loan Periods/Renewal Policy

Microforms: one month
All other material: one month
No renewals are granted


All materials loaned are eligible for recall by Boston College's primary borrowers. The ILL staff, at a patron or library staff member's request, will place the recalls. Recalls will be transmitted to the borrowing library through the message file and follow up with an email.



Books are shipped via United States mail or through a courier delivery service for all BLC and MLIN member libraries. Photocopies and microfilm are shipped via 1st class mail, a courier delivery service for all BLC and MLIN member libraries or transmitted via Odyssey, ArticleExchange, or email.



Requests for resends will be honored for 5 days only



The requesting library is responsible for borrowed materials from the time they leave the supplying Boston College library until they have been returned and received by a Boston College library. If damage or loss occurs, the requesting library is responsible for compensation or replacement. Current replacement charges: $95 ($30 Processing + $65 Replacement)


Interlibrary Loan Fees

The preferred billing method is IFM (OCLC) or EFTS (DOCLINE)

Non-profit librariesLoan - $15
Photocopy/scan - $12

For profit librariesLoan or photocopy/scan, $20

International libraries
Loan  - $16.00
Photocopy/scan - $12

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (via Docline)
Loan or photocopy - $11

Massachusetts non-profit libraries
Libraries that are members of the cooperating groups in the section below


Copyright and Reciprocal Agreements

The service is administered in accordance with the American Library Association's National Interlibrary Loan Code (1993), the U.S. Copyright Revision Act of 1976 (17. United States Code. 101 et seq.) and in conformance with the resource sharing agreements with the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), the American Jesuit College and University Libraries (AJCU), the Boston Theological Institute (BTI), the Massachusetts Library and Information Network (MLIN) and reciprocal agreements entered into with individual libraries.