Interlibrary Borrowing

WorldCat Discovery

This service has been updated. You will still have access to the WorldCat Local interface to search for, identify, and request books. Now, instead of making some of your requests through WCL and some through Interlibrary Loan, you can make them all through the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan request form. Items available from consortium libraries will continue to be available within just 1-2 business days from the time you request them.

If you have never used our Interlibrary Loan service before, you will get a one-time form to fill out. After completing that initial form, you will be able to place requests quickly, through our ILLiad interface, much as you were able to do through the WCL interface in the past. The status of your requests will be available for you to review in ILLiad as well.

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

Boston Library Consortium Borrowing

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.

Boston Library Consortium Cards

A Boston Library Consortium Card allows the bearer to borrow—in person—circulating material from a BLC member library, just as you would from a BU library. Boston University faculty, staff, and matriculating 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.

Reciprocal Use Programs

BU participates in two reciprocal use programs, which provide current BU affiliates with access or in-person borrowing privileges at many academic and research libraries.
The OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program allows current faculty only to request a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card in person from Mugar’s Administrative Offices. Materials may be used on the premises of the owning library or may be borrowed – privileges vary from institution to institution. To borrow materials, the visiting faculty member must present the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card and any other identification the participating institution requires.
SHARES, a program of the OCLC Research Library Partnership, extends access privileges to faculty, emeritus faculty, students, and academic staff of partner institutions to use the collections and services at other SHARES libraries. Please note that in-library use of material is permitted, but visitors are not granted borrowing privileges. Please see the SHARES on-site access policy for more details.