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Guests & Alumni

Loan policies at the Boston College Libraries

Who Can Use the Boston College Libraries

We have several reciprocal borrowing agreements with groups and organizations that extend library privileges free of charge to their users.  For those not affiliated with one of our reciprocal partners, a fee-based membership is available. With the exception of the Law Library, anyone can enter and use many of the resources available at BC libraries. 

Guests have borrowing privileges at the O'Neill, Bapst, Social Work and Theology & Ministry Libraries. In addition to these libraries, Alumni also have borrowing privileges at the Educational Resource Center. 

Guests and Alumni can borrow up to 10 items for a period of 28 days. Materials can be renewed (if not requested by another user) two times for an additional 56 days (with the exception of the Educational Resource Center where no Guest/Alumni renewals are allowed). 

Borrower Categories

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is a conference of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. As a member of the AJCU, we will allow onsite borrowing for the faculty of other AJCU institutions.The faculty have borrowing privileges at all BC libraries except the Law Library and ERC.

For AJCU Affiliates (Borrowing materials from Boston College Libraries)

Faculty from participating AJCU schools can obtain borrowing privileges at Boston College Libraries.  Please present the following information at the O'Neill Library Circulation Desk. 

  • AJCU Direct Reciprocal Library Borrower form
  • Insitutional Photo ID 
  • completed application form

Cardholders have access to materials at the O'Neill, Bapst, Social Work and Theology & Ministry libraries and are responsible for complying with library regulations and are subject to fines, recalls, and replacement fees for lost materials.

Alumni privileges are extended to graduates of Boston College, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Newton College of the Sacred Heart and Saint John's Seminary.

Users can apply for privileges at the Circulation Desks of O'Neill Library, Educational Resource Center (ERC), Social Work Library and Theology and Ministry Library.

To obtain library privileges please present:

  • Valid Photo ID
  • Completed application form (see PDF link below)

Graduation status must be confirmed before a library card can be issuedAlumni have borrowing privileges at all of the Boston College Libraries with the exception of the Law Library and are responsible for complying with library regulations and are subject to fines, recalls, and replacement fees for lost materials.

BC Alumni are granted off-campus access to some library databases through the BC alumni portal. Information about obtaining access can be found at the services for guest and alumni page.

 

The Boston College Libraries are a cooperating member of the Boston Library Consortium. Because of this membership, we extend borrowing privileges to the faculty and students from the other 17 cooperating academic and research libraries.

Cardholders have access to materials at the O'Neill, Bapst, Social Work and Theology & Ministry libraries and are responsible for complying with library regulations and are subject to fines, recalls, and replacement fees for lost materials.  

For BLC Affiliates (Borrowing Materials from Boston College Libraries)

Walk-in Borrowing

Faculty, staff and students from Brandeis, Boston University, and Northeastern University may obtain a borrowing by simply presenting their University ID.  

Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Cards

 Faculty and students from BLC schools other than Brandeis, Boston University and Northeastern (see walk-in borrowing above) can obtain borrowing privileges at Boston College Libraries.  To obtain borrowing privileges users must present:

  • valid consortium card from your home library 
  • photo identification 
  • complete the application form

The Boston College Libraries are a cooperating member of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI) and extend borrowing privileges to faculty and graduate students from participating BTI Libraries.  Users have access to all BC Libraries, with the exception of the Law Library  and the Educational Resource Center.

For BTI affiliates (Borrowing Materials from Boston College Libraries)

Faculty and students from participating BTI schools can obtain borrowing privileges at Boston College Libraries.  To obtain borrowing privileges users should go to the Theology & Ministry Library or the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr., Library on Monday-Friday between 9am-5pm and present the following:

  • valid BTI borrowing card from their member school
  • valid ID card 
  • completed application form

Cardholders are responsible for complying with library regulations and are subject to fines, recalls, and replacement fees for lost materials.

Individuals who are not affiliated with Boston College, alumni of BC, Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Newton College of Sacred Heart or St. John's seminary or a member of one of our reciprocal institutions (Boston Library Consortium, Boston Theological Institute or Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities), may secure library privileges for a fee.   

Cards are non-transferable and issued in two increments - $200 for a 3 month period or annual fee of $500.  

To apply for privileges or to renew existing privileges, please contact Paul Bridden - paul.bridden@bc.edu or Gail Lefebvre - gail.lefebvre@bc.edu.  Applications are processed Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm.  To obtain a feepayer card, please provide the following:

  • Valid Photo ID
  • Proof of local address (i.e. utility bill)
  • Completed application form
  • Check or cash payment for term of application. 

Cardholders have access to materials at the O'Neill, Bapst, Social Work and Theology & Ministry libraries and are responsible for complying with library regulations and are subject to fines, recalls, and replacement fees for lost materials.

OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program is a program of the Research Libraries Advisory Committee that allows faculty members of participating institutions borrowing privileges and on-site access to the collections of some of the most important research libraries in North America. 

For RFPB Affiliates (Borrowing materials from Boston College Libraries)

Only current faculty from participating RFBP chools can obtain borrowing privileges at Boston College Libraries.  Please present the following information at the O'Neill Library Circulation Desk:. 

  • OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card 
  • Insitutional Photo ID 
  • completed application form

Cardholders have access to materials at the O'Neill, Bapst, Social Work and Theology & Ministry libraries and are responsible for complying with library regulations and are subject to fines, recalls, and replacement fees for lost materials. Privileges to the Educational Resource Center and the Law Library are not given. 

SHARES, a program of the OCLC Research Library Partnership, extends access privileges to faculty, emeritus faculty, students, and academic staff of partner institutions to use the collections and services at other SHARES libraries.

Please note that in-library use of material is permitted, but borrowing privileges are not granted. Please see the SHARES on-site access policy for more details.

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