Borrowing Privileges and Policies

Borrowing & Renewal

Individuals with a current Boston University “Terrier” card, a Boston University alumni card, or a Boston Library Consortium card issued by a cooperating library are eligible to borrow library materials. Loan periods and renewal options vary according to borrower status and type of material (see table).

 

Borrower Books Bound Journals Reserve Materials
Undergraduate Students
Alumni
BLC Card Holders
28 day loan or the expiration date on your record (whichever is earlier),renewable Library Use Only

2 hour loan

or
24 hour loan

or
3 day loan

No Renewals

Graduate Students and Staff 133 day loan or the expiration date on your record (whichever is earlier),renewable 24 hour loan (Staff only), No renewals
Faculty 365 day loan or the expiration date on your record (whichever is earlier),renewable 24 hour loan
No renewals

Please note that all checked out items are subject to recall at any time during their loan period.  Items that have been recalled by another patron must be returned promptly and cannot be renewed.

**Reference materials and current periodicals (newspapers, magazines, journals) may not be borrowed from the library.**

Renewal: To log in to your library record, go to My Account and use your BU log in name and Kerberos password to log in. Items may be renewed as many times as you wish, however, you will not be able to use the self-renewal option if the item has been recalled by another patron, or if your record is blocked for any reason.

Fines and replacement charges

Open Stacks

  • $2.00 per day per overdue recalled item
  • $100.00 replacement charge per item (or cost of the item — whichever is greater)

Reserve Items

  • 2 Hour
    • $2.00 per hour per item
  • 24 Hour & 3 Day
    • $10.00 per day
    • $150.00 replacement charge on the 3rd day (or cost of the item – whichever is greater)

For more information about fines and fees (including Mugar Worldcat Local items) visit the Mugar Circulation webpage.

Holds and Recalls

If you would like to borrow a book that is not available, you may click on the “Find in Library” link to reveal the “Request” button. If you do not see the button, click the “Sign-in for more options” link. Click the “Request” button to have the book recalled. We will contact the borrower and ask that it be returned within 7 days.

You can also search BU WorldCat Local and try to request the item from the Boston Library Consortium. If the book is available, your request will typically be completed in about 3 business days.