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Getting print material from a distance

Information about the collections, services and tools available from the Boston College Libraries to support faculty teaching online courses.

Getting print material

We subscribe to many online resources that can be found in our Library Catalog and accessed from off-campus with your BC login. But what if an item you need is only available in print? Find out how you can access library material when you are teaching or enrolled in an online course and located far from campus. Request items that support your research and academic needs. Delivery of print material is a free service for BC students and faculty who reside more than 5 miles from the main BC campus and are unable to visit a BC library within 2 weeks.

Item Availability How to find and request

Physical items (Books, DVDs, CDs, etc)

1-2 weeks

Choose an option:

  • Search WorldCat; click Request Item to request the book; on the Loan Request form, Select pickup location, choose Remote User (Staff will contact you)
  • Fill in the Interlibrary Loan Loan Request; under Select pickup location, choose Remote User (Staff will contact you)

Staff will contact you to confirm your address details and then mail you the book. We will either send you the book from our collection or if we don't own it, attempt to borrow it from another library.

Articles 1-3 days

Choose an option:

Book chapters (up to 20% of book) 1-3 days

Choose an option:

  • Search the Catalog, and use the Request Book Chapter link. We will email you one chapter or up to 20% of the book depending on copyright compliance.
  • Fill in the Interlibrary Loan Copy Request.