Borrowing Policies

School of Theology entrance

The School of Theology circulation desk, located by the library entrance, is where most library transactions take place. At the circulation desk, you can:

• Borrow or renew items from our Open Stacks or Oversize collections. Perhaps you need a cell phone charger? We have those available for check out at the circulation desk.
• Return items from any BU Library (including Mugar Library).
Borrow items on the current semester’s course reserve, located behind the desk.
As a visitor, inquire about borrowing privileges.
Ask for the call number and location of a needed resource.
• Request delivery of a book in storage or file a missing item report if you can’t find what you’re looking for on shelf.
Pick up items from the Hold Shelf you have recalled or storage books you have requested.
Pick up or return your interlibrary loan materials.
• Return books from any Boston Theological Institute (BTI) Library.
Inquire about and pay your overdue fines.

To discover more about our borrowing policies, click on the heading to expand the box.

Books in the School of Theology Library’s Open Stacks and Oversize collections circulate for 1 year to faculty, 133 days to staff and graduate students, and 28 days to undergraduate students and affiliated borrowers (from members of the Boston Library Consortium via their BLC Card, members of the Boston Theological Institute via their BTI Card, visiting scholars like through the ATLA Reciprocal Borrowing Program, and alumni). Books may be renewed twice before they must be returned.

In our course reserve section, all borrowing patrons (faculty, staff, and students) are limited to the time stated on the book and in the catalog (2 hours, 3 days, or 7 days). These items cannot be renewed. The circulation on these items is limited so that as many students as possible have access to material needed for class.

Other collections, like Reference, Periodicals, Microforms, and Research Collections, are non-circulating. Inquire with the archivist or another staff member about access in-library to our research and archival collections.
For borrowing information at other Boston University Libraries, visit the respective library’s website.