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Request books and other physical items directly from other Boston Library Consortium (BLC) libraries and beyond. Consortium items are usually delivered to BC in 2-5 days.
Boston Library Consortium Card
Check out books by visiting one of the 17 academic and research libraries in the Boston Library Consortium. Borrowing and on-site use policies vary. BC faculty, students, and staff must obtain consortium cards (at the Circulation Desk in O'Neill Library or at the Law Library) before going to BLC libraries.
Use interlibrary loan (ILL) to receive copies of articles in journals and magazines that are not at BC or to request books, videos, DVDs, sound recordings, or microfilms that are not available at BC or at Boston Library Consortium libraries.
Interlibrary Loan via FindIt
Articles and other items found in database searches can be requested—if they are not available online or in the Libraries—by clicking on the FindIt button and selecting "Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery."
Boston Theological Institute Libraries
On-site borrowing at BTI libraries is limited to faculty and graduate students in the BC Theology Department and faculty and students of the BC School of Theology and Ministry. Members of the Theology Department should contact the department for a BTI card; STM members should contact the school's Assistant Director, Admissions, Financial Aid, and Academic Services.
Other Area Libraries
Harvard University Libraries
Policies on admittance and borrowing, hours, and services vary among Harvard's 70+ libraries. See the FAQ for Visitors for details.
Massachusetts Public Libraries
A Boston Public Library card is available to any resident of Massachusetts, including students attending college here. Students can also obtain cards for the Minuteman Library Network, which includes the nearby Newton and Brookline public libraries. See the Massachusetts Library Directory for access to library catalogs, home pages, databases, and library information in all Massachusetts communities.