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Interlibrary Loan


Libraries Requesting BC Materials

Libraries Requesting BC Materials

Welcome to the lending unit of the Boston College O’Neill Library’s Interlibrary Loan Department.

Materials requested are generally retrieved within 24 hours. Electronic items are delivered via Odyssey, Article Exchange and Rapid. Book loans are delivered via UPS and USPS. Massachusetts Library System members will receive books through the Massachusetts Library Courier.

Mailing Address

Boston College O'Neill Library
Interlibrary Loan 
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Interlibrary Loan Fees

Library Type Loan Cost Article Cost
Non-Profit Libraries $15 $12
For-Profit Libraries $20 $20
International Libraries $20 or 2 IFLA vouchers $12 or 1.5 IFLA vouchers
National Network of Libraries (via Docline) $11 $11
Consortial and Reciprocal Agreements Exempt Exempt


What Can Be Requested?

We supply loans and copies from O’Neill Library, Bapst Library, Social Work Library, and the Theology and Ministry Library to the academic community as part of the service mission of Boston College. Items at Boston College’s Law Library (BXL) may be requested directly from that library.

Loan Periods and Renewals

  • Standard Loan Period: 4 weeks
  • Boston College dissertations and theses:  Dissertations on fiche are available for loan unless they are subject to restrictions established by the author. 
  • No renewals are granted.
  • Items that are more than 90 days overdue will be billed. 

Lost/ Replacement

The requesting library is responsible for borrowed materials from the time they leave Boston College library until they have been returned and received by Boston College library. If damage or loss occurs, the requesting library is responsible for compensation. Current charges are $100 per item.