Boston Library Consortium

The Boston Library Consortium is an association of 17 academic and research libraries located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Founded in 1970, the Consortium supports resource sharing and enhancement of services to users through programs in cooperative collecting, access to electronic resources and physical collections, and enhanced interlibrary loan and document delivery.

  • Online Borrowing through WorldCat Discovery

    WorldCat Discovery provides BU students, faculty, and staff with a mechanism for discovering resources available in the BLC and beyond and connects directly to BU’s ILLiad Interlibrary Loan request form.

  • On-site Borrowing with a Boston Library Consortium Card

    Terrier Card Borrowing
    Boston University matriculating students, faculty, and staff may borrow books from Boston College, Brandeis University, and Northeastern University with your Boston University ID (Terrier card), just as you would in Boston University Libraries.

    Books can be borrowed on site at all other Consortium libraries by presenting a Boston Library Consortium Card. BU students, faculty, and staff in good standing (no outstanding fines in excess of $10) can apply for a card online. Cards are prepared at Mugar Memorial Library (771 Commonwealth Ave.) and can be picked up at the Circulation Desk there on the next weekday after applying.

  • On-site Use with your BU ID

    Boston University’s membership in the Consortium means BU students, faculty, and staff can use their BU IDs to gain entry to member libraries and make in-house use of resources.