Borrowing a Book Orientation Audio

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? Orientation Audio

  • Law Library and other CRC libraries
    • in person with your BU ID
    • Medical Library and not owned at BU
      • material request form with your name

I am just delivering the book to the faculty member? Orientation Audio

  • Law Library
    • ask us to check it out to the faculty member
  • other CRC Libraries
    • in person with your BU ID
    • bring the book to the Fineman Circulation desk and ask us to check it out to the faculty member
  • Medical Library and not owned at BU
    • material request form with faculty member's name

First, I have the book and later, the faculty member has it? Orientation Audio

  • first (when you have the book)
  • 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 from 9am - 5pm?

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

  • material request form with your name
    • include note: "faculty {name} needs to keep library copy"

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

  • email Terri Geiger to have the book transferred
    • include: the book title, faculty name, approximate date book given to 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.
  • Downloading and Sharing eBook and eChapters
    • How to videopdf

Updated: April 2015