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 cost $6 for each item ordered and usually take 2-10 working days to arrive.

Rush and fax fees vary but typically cost $16 each, depending on charges from the lending library. Rush requests are available Monday through Friday only and usually take 24 – 48 hours to arrive.

Payment options for ILLs include checks (preferred), exact change in cash, departmental account numbers or grant numbers. Please note that we do NOT accept credit cards and we cannot make change. Library staff will contact you when the requested item arrives. Interlibrary loan materials can be sent via U.S. mail, fax, or electronic mail, or held at the Circulation Desk for pick-up.

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.