Loans and Renewals

Individuals with a current Boston University “Terrier” card, a Boston University alumni card, or a Boston Library Consortium card issued by a library that is a member of the Consortium, are eligible to borrow library materials.

Books circulate for 4 weeks to undergraduate students, alumni, and consortium borrowers, for 19 weeks to graduate students and staff, and for 52 weeks to faculty. Loans may be renewed, unless the item is recalled by another patron. You can renew loans by signing into BU Libraries Search and clicking My Account. You may also renew in person at the circulation desk or call 353-3734 for telephone renewal.

Items Overdue or Not Returned

Charges are incurred for items returned after their due dates and for items not returned. More information about items overdue or not returned is available by calling the library at 617-353-3734 and speaking to the librarian.


The circulation staff, available during all hours of operation, can provide directional information, help to locate materials not found in the stacks, place holds on materials that have been checked out to other patrons, and answer questions about library policies. For telephone assistance, call 353-3734. Dan Benedetti, Head Librarian at PERL, can provide help with location and use of resources, research assistance, tutorials and class instruction.