Boston Library Consortium (BLC) card

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. (A Consortium Card is not needed to use another library’s collection in-house. You would not need a card for access to journals in most cases, for example.)

Boston University faculty, staff, and graduate students on the Charles River Campus, in good standing (owing under $10.00 to Boston University libraries), may obtain a Consortium Card by filling out an application form (see below).  Medical Campus affiliates apply at the Alumni Medical Library.

Per Consortium agreement guidelines, Boston University undergraduate students must demonstrate a research need to be eligible for a Consortium card.

Your Consortium Card will be available for pickup at the Mugar Memorial Library Circulation desk three business days after the application form is submitted. Please bring a picture ID with you. Cards must be re-validated (at the Circulation desk) each semester of the academic year.

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  • Terms and Conditions

    • Only Boston University faculty, staff, and graduate students in good standing (owing under $10.00 to Boston University libraries) may obtain a Consortium Card.
    • You will need to register at any Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Library from which you wish to borrow materials. The lending library may set a shorter expiration date than the one appearing on your card.
    • Borrowing privileges and expiration dates vary at each member institution. Please note that there are different loan periods and fine structures at each library. You are responsible for any charges you accrue. Failure to abide by lending library rules may result in loss of library privileges at all consortium libraries.
    • Contact your home library to renew your Consortium card.
    • Consortium cards are nontransferable.
    • Further information regarding Consortium cards may be found at the BLC's website: www.blc.org.
  • Note: patrons apply once per academic year, but must renew each semester by bringing their card to the Mugar Circulation desk. Renewals are only done in person, at the Circulation Desk.