Interlibrary Borrowing

BU WorldCat Local

BU WorldCat Local allows current BU faculty, staff, and students to borrow books directly from other Boston Library Consortium libraries. Turnaround time is approximately three working days through BU WorldCat Local.

Interlibrary Loan Services

Interlibrary Loan services are offered to current BU faculty, staff, and students. All patrons except those affiliated with the Schools of Law and Medicine may place and track requests through our online forms. School of Law affiliates may consult the Law Library’s website for these services. School of Medicine affiliates, please use the Alumni Medical Library’s ILL form. For general inquires to the Interlibrary Loan office, please call (617) 353-3706 or email

BLC Cards

A Boston Library Consortium Card allows the bearer to borrow—in person—circulating material from a member library, just as you would from a BU library. Boston University faculty, staff, and students on the Charles River Campus may obtain a Consortium Card by filling out an application form (click on Request a BLC Card to the right of this entry). Medical Campus affiliates apply at the Alumni Medical Library.