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Services for alumni

All alumni of Boston College's undergraduate and graduate programs and schools are welcomed back to use the resources of the Libraries onsite and other services and resources as detailed below. The Boston College Libraries (excluding the Law Library) are open to the public. 

BORROWING

Alumni have borrowing privileges at all the Boston College Libraries except the Law Library. The loan period for alumni is 28 days with two renewals per item permitted. At the Educational Resource Center (ERC) alumni have borrowing privileges (excluding all educational and psychological tests) for 14 days with one renewal (28 days total).

Guests have borrowing privileges at all the Boston College Libraries except the Educational Resource Center and the Law Library. The loan period for guests is 28 days with two renewals per item. 

To obtain a borrowing card see the Guest and Alumni Borrowing page. 

Loan Periods

Format Loan Period Number of renewals 2 Loan Limits

Book

28 days 56 days 10
Pop DVD 4 days None 2
Pop Reading 28 days None 2
Media 1 7 days 7 days 4

**Alumni/Guests are not able to check out Daily technology (iPads, Laptops, Flip Cameras), Hourly technology (Laptop chargers, Headphones, VGA Adaptors, Graphing Calculators), Print or Media course reserves, or Popular e-books. 
1: DVDs, VHS, CDs, POP DVD, laserdisks, Vinyl, Cassettes, & CD ROMS
2: Renewal Period: Most loans can be renewed an unlimited number of times during the renewal period unless recalled.  Items must be returned to the library when the renewal period expires.

PRINTING, SCANNING & FAXING

Alumni and guests can scan and print materials.  To print, a $5 printing card can be purchased from vending machines in O’Neill Library, the Social Work Library, and the Theology and Ministry Library.  Outgoing fax service is also available at O'Neill Library. 

REFERENCE help

We provide in-person reference service in all libraries and offer a variety of help by subject to assist in finding more focused resources in your research area. Check our Hours for service desks staffing or Contact Us for more information.

ONLINE RESOURCES at BC

While on campus, many databases and online resources found in our Catalog are available to walk-in users including alumni and guests. Some resources are restricted to current faculty, students, and staff. Call the O'Neill Reference Desk at 617-552-4472 before visiting to make sure the resource you are interested in is available. Off-campus access is limited to current students and faculty.

We have arranged for special access to the following databases for BC alumni: 

  • ATLA Religion Databases - essays, book reviews, and journal articles in all disciplines related to theological and religious studies.
  • JSTOR - a collection of thousands of academic journals, books, and primary sources.
  • OECD iLibrary - the online library of the OECD including books, papers, and statistics.
  • Project MUSE - scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences from university presses and scholarly societies.
  • RefWorks - a citation management tool.

Remote access to these databases is available on the Research Resources page of the BC Alumni Community.  Use these instructions to register for access to the Alumni Community portal.

Online resources outside of BC

If you live in Massachusetts you are eligible for a borrowing card at your local public library which will give you remote access to databases available through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners site. If you do not live in Massachusetts consult your local public library for information about accessing databases.

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