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BC Reciprocal Borrowing

Loan policies at the Boston College Libraries

Reciprocal Relationships

We have several agreements with groups and organizations that extend library privileges free of charge to members of the BC community. Privileges are determined by the host library and may differ from your borrowing privileges here at BC.

Boston Library Consortium (For BC faculty, staff and students)

Boston Library Consortium LogoWe are a cooperating member of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC). Boston College faculty and students qualify for borrowing privileges at the member libraries. 

Walk-in Borrowing

Current Boston College faculty, staff and students may borrow materials from Brandeis, Boston University, and Northeastern University by presenting their Boston College ID.  By logging into My Accounts, you will be able to view and renew items borrowed from these institutions.

Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Cards

To borrow materials from a BLC library other than Brandeis, Northeastern University and Boston University (see above), first visit the O'Neill Library Circulation Desk to pick up a consortium card that demonstrates that you are in good standing with Boston College Libraries. Present your consortium card and Boston College ID at the member library to obtain borrowing privileges from that library.

In lieu of visiting BLC libraries, faculty, staff and students can request BLC library owned material through Worldcat

Boston Theological Institute (For BC Theology & STM Faculty and Graduate Students only)

Boston Theological Institute LogoWe are a cooperating member of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI) . Theology and Theology & Ministry faculty and graduate students qualify for borrowing privileges at BTI Libraries.  

BC Theology Department faculty and theology graduate students

Prior to visiting another BTI Library, Theology Department faculty members and graduate students must request a BTI card from the Boston College Theology Department to verify affiliation in the department. Present the card along with a Boston College ID at any of the Boston Theological Institute member libraries.  

BC School of Theology & Ministry (STM) faculty and students

BC STM faculty and students must request a BTI card from the Assistant Director, Admissions, Financial Aid and Academic Services at STM who verifies affiliation at the STM.  Present the card along with a Boston College ID at any of the Boston Theological Institute member libraries.


Association of Jesuit College & Universities (BC Faculty only)

Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities LogoThe 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, other Jesuit libraries will extend borrowing privileges to Boston College faculty.

Borrowing from an AJCU Library

To obtain borrowing privileges from an AJCU library, complete a AJCU Direct Reciprocal Library Borrower form available at the O'Neill Library Circulation Desk. Take the completed signed form and your Boston College ID with you to the participating library.  

Additional Reciprocal Programs

OCLC Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program is a program for current faculty only.  Faculty can obtain a Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card in person from the O’Neill Library Circulation Desk which allows them access and/or borrowing privileges at participating institutions.  To borrow materials, the visiting faculty member must present the Reciprocal Faculty Borrowing Program card and any other identification the participating institution requires. 

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 may not begranted. Please see the SHARES on-site access policy for more details.