Can’t Find the Book?

The BU Law Library staff is committed to making materials available to our patrons in the speediest manner possible. We may recommend alternative sources for materials missing or not held by the law library, including other campus libraries or PDFs from reliable sources.

Law Materials

If BU Law Search lists law material as available but you are unable to find it on shelf, please use WorldCat Discovery and staff will search for the item. If the item is not found within 3 business days an interlibrary loan will be initiated automatically. In either case, we will notify you when the item is ready for pick-up.

Already Checked Out

If the item is already checked out to someone, click the Recall button using BU Law Search. The system will contact the current borrower to return the item. If it is not returned, we will borrow it from a non-BU library for you. In either case, we will notify you when the item is ready to be picked up.

Not Owned at BU

If the item is not owned at BU, request the item using WorldCat Discovery. We will borrow the item from a non-BU library for you. We will notify you when the item is ready to be picked up.

Journal Members & Research Assistants

If you are a journal member requesting an item for a tech check, please identify the request as journal-related in the status field on your WorldCat Discovery request.

If you are a faculty research assistant, please identify the request as faculty research in the status field on your WorldCat Discovery request.