Interlibrary Loan

Items unavailable in our Libraries may come from other library systems. Please confer with Music Library staff if in doubt via phone (617) 353-3705 or email.

BU WorldCat Local via the BLC

  • appropriate for campus residents or those on campus frequently
  • request while online, use BU ID; response time excellent
  • item is delivered to Mugar circulation
  • receive email notification when to pick up
  • no renewals; return item at Mugar circulation

Interlibrary Loan

  • appropriate for campus residents or those on campus frequently
  • submit detailed request form online
  • item is delivered to ILL Office (Mugar 3rd floor)
  • you receive notification for pickup; response time varies
  • usually no renewals, sometimes on-site use only
  • External institutions, contact our Interlibrary Loan Office (617-353-3706). We are ‘BOS’ in OCLC.

BLC – The Boston Library Consortium Card

  • appropriate for walk-in borrowing from a BLC library
  • apply for the card as a current BU affiliate online, review all details
  • plan to pick up your card, with ID, at Mugar circulation
  • must reapply each term

Boston Public Library

  • appropriate for those who are employed, reside, own property or attend school in Massachusetts
  • apply in person for a library card or online for an ecard
  • in addition to on-site collection, offers online databases and streaming media

Minuteman catalog — most formats

  • appropriate for town residents of Eastern Massachusetts
  • participating Minuteman library card required
  • search and request while online; response time good
  • pick up the item(s) at your local public library
  • most books, scores, videos, recordings may be borrowed
  • network offers some electronic databases

OCLC’s Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program

  • appropriate for traveling faculty
  • Available in select locations
  • Arrange privileges through Cathy Annunciata, Mugar Library Administration Office, 617-353-3710