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.
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.
|Format||Loan Period||Number of renewals 2||Loan Limits|
|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.
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.
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.