Borrowing Library Materials: Faculty Research Assistants

Below are questions that research assistants have asked about borrowing books at the law library, other BU libraries and through interlibrary loan.

How do I borrow a book when:

I will have the book to do research?

At the Law Library and other Charles River Campus libraries, you will borrow it in person with your BU ID. At the Boston University Alumni Medical Library, or if the book is not owned at BU, you will request it here.

I am just delivering the book to the faculty member?

At the Law Library, ask us to check it out to the faculty member. At other Charles River Campus Libraries, check it out in person with your BU ID, then bring the book to the Fineman Circulation desk and ask us to re-check it out to the faculty member. At the Alumni Medical Library or if the item is not owned at BU, request it here, and make sure the faculty member’s name appears in the request.

I have the book first, but later the faculty member will have it?

First (when you have the book)

At the Law Library and other Charles River Campus libraries, check it out in person with your BU ID. At the Alumni Medical Library, or if the book is not owned at BU, request it here.

Later (when you are ready to give the book to the faculty member)

Bring the book to the Fineman Circulation desk and ask us to check it out to the faculty member.

I work outside BU & can’t be there to pick up an item between 9AM – 7PM?

Email Terri Geiger to make arrangements.

The faculty member has the library copy and wants me to read it as well?

Request a copy here, and include note: “faculty {name} needs to keep library copy”

The faculty member already has the book, but it is checked out to me?

Email Terri Geiger to have the book transferred, and include: the book title, faculty name, and approximate date the book was given to the faculty member.

If you have other questions about borrowing books, please contact Terri Geiger (room 206D).

Alternatives to Borrowing Print Books

eBooks and eChapters

Find online versions of historical and current books using the library catalog.

PDF versions

The print book is reproduced exactly as published – citations to the eBook and the print book are the same.

HTML versions

The text is consistent between the print book and the eBook, but the HTML version displays differently – citations to the eBook and print book will probably differ.

Scans from Print Books

Best practice is to only scan the pages or chapters the faculty member will be using. Please do not scan entire books.