Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Service

If you need additional information about Medical Library interlibrary loan services, contact ILL/Access Services, at

Journal articles, books & book chapters, and other materials not held at the Alumni Medical Library are available through interlibrary loan (ILL). Interlibrary loans usually take 2-10 working days to arrive: materials available electronically are generally faster than print books.

Interlibrary loan materials will be sent via email if they arrive electronically, or held at the Circulation Desk for pick-up in the case of print materials.

Electronic items will be sent out as they are available during normal business hours (8:30am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday). Print ILLs may be picked up at the Library Circulation Desk, Monday-Friday 7:30am-6:00pm. After 6pm Monday-Friday, and at any time during the weekend, please check at the Circulation Desk (617-358-4902) to find out if a full-time staff member will be able to assist you with your interlibrary loan pick-up.

Submit interlibrary loan requests using this form.

Interlibrary loans are available to faculty, staff and students of the Boston University schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Public Health, and the Boston Medical Center only. Affiliates of the Boston University Charles River Campus can request interlibrary loans through Mugar Library.

Another option for finding materials not owned by the Alumni Medical Library is to take advantage of Boston University’s membership in the Boston Library Consortium (BLC). Membership in the BLC entitles you to use many of the collections of other Boston Library Consortium libraries, including those at Tufts University, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts and many others. [Note: Although Harvard University is NOT a member of the BLC, you can visit the Harvard University Countway Library of Medicine as a BU student, faculty, or staff member. See the Library’s Countway page for more information.] Be sure to get your BLC Card at the Reference Desk before going to other BLC libraries. Click here for a list of BLC member libraries and links to their online catalogs.