Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Visitors

Members of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC) may borrow materials from the School of Theology Library if they have identification from their home institution and a Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Card.

About the Boston Library Consortium

UntitledThe Boston Library Consortium is a partnership of seventeen libraries in the Greater Boston area committed to sharing resources so patrons from each member institution benefit. Here is a list of the current member institutions:

Boston College
*Note: All BC students can check out items at BU Libraries simply using only your BC ID, there’s no need for a BLC Card.

Boston University

Brandeis University
*Note: All Brandeis students can check out items at BU Libraries simply using only your Brandeis ID, there’s no need for a BLC Card.

Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Northeastern University
*Note: All Northeastern students can check out items at BU Libraries simply using only your Northeastern ID, there’s no need for a BLC Card.

State Library of Massachusetts

Tufts University

University of Connecticut

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of Massachusetts Medical School

University of New Hampshire

Wellesley College

Williams College

Register for Borrowing Privileges at Boston University

Boston Library Consortium patrons looking to register for borrowing privileges at Boston University must present their card and identification from their home institution at Mugar Memorial Library (771 Commonwealth Ave., not far from the School of Theology Library). Once registered, patrons can check out material from any Boston University Library for 28 days, subject to recall. More information on registration for Boston Library Consortium patrons can be found on Mugar Library’s website. Note that BC, Northeastern, and Brandeis visitors do not need to register; simply use your institution’s ID to borrow items!

Return BLC Items

The following has been taken from Mugar Memorial Library’s website:

You can return borrowed materials to any Consortium member library, but you will be responsible for any overdue charges at the home institution. Materials borrowed from Consortium libraries can be returned to Mugar Memorial Library. Consortium card holders must observe each library’s circulation regulations, including the payment of charges for overdue and lost materials. Failure to do so will result in the loss of borrowing privileges at all Consortium libraries. (Once charges have reached the point of home library notification by the lending library, a block will be placed on the patron record at the home library. Privileges will remain blocked until notification has been received that the charges have been paid to the lending library.)

Please note that we will not accept returns of items from other Boston Library Consortium Libraries at the School of Theology Library. Please return these items to Mugar Library or their home library. At the School of Theology Library, we accept items from any Boston University Library, or items from any Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium (BTI) Library.

Get Materials Owned by Boston University without Visiting

If your home institution is a member of the Boston Library Consortium, you may not even need to visit our library if you want access to something that circulates at a Boston University Library. Check with your home institution about interlibrary loan items can arrive in as little as a couple of business days!