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University of Connecticut University Libraries

Boston Library Consortium


What is the Boston Library Consortium?

The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) is a group of 17 academic and research libraries located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. Current member institutions are: Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Marine Biological Lab / Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, State Library of Massachusetts, Tufts University, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of Massachusetts Boston, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts Lowell, University of Massachusetts Medical School, University of New Hampshire, Wellesley College, and Williams College.

Who can use the consortium?

This service is available to UConn faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students. (The service does not extend to the UConn Health Center or Law School communities).

How do I make a request with the BLC?

In order to place requests, we ask that you first create a profile in ILLiad, if you have not already done so. This will allow us to transfer any requests that the BLC cannot fill directly into ILLiad to be filled through Interlibrary Loan. It will also allow you to place requests, using your NetID and self-chosen password, from any UConn database or directly from ILLiad. Create your profile here.

Locate the item you want in UConn WorldCat, and simply click on the Request Item button.

What kinds of things can I ask for?

Most materials can be requested. Items that are not requestable include Reference, Special Collections, Reserve, journals, and other non-circulating materials.

How quickly will I get my item?

Items requested from the BLC generally arrive in 2-4 business days. If the request cannot be filled within the BLC, the request will automatically be forwarded to Interlibrary Loan to be filled from outside of the BLC.

How will you notify me when my item is available?

You will receive an email when your item becomes available.

How long can I keep my item?

Books have a loan period of 60 days from the day they are received by the library; media have a loan period of 7 days from the date of receipt.

Can I request a renewal of a BLC item?

BLC items have a generous loan period and are not renewable. If you need to keep your item longer, we recommend that you initiate a new request.

What if the item I want is checked out?

If the item you want is checked out, you can request the item via Interlibrary Loan. Please refer to DD-ILL's FAQ How can I borrow a book, DVD, VHS, CD, music score, or other material not owned by UConn, and follow the instructions for #2, "Use UConn WorldCat."

Can I have in-person access to the consortial libraries?

Yes, you can have access to the consortial libraries by obtaining a consortium card. You can obtain the consortium card by visiting the Babbidge Library's iDesk, or the circulation desk at any of the UConn regional campuses. Cards can be renewed as long as you are still eligible, and may not be transferred. Please see the BLC Consortium Card information page for more information on the program, including its privileges and policies, before you visit a consortia library. Borrowing privileges, loan periods, and fine policies vary at each member institution; you are responsible for any charges you accrue, and failure to abide by member library policies may result in the loss of library privileges at all BLC libraries. You should return your materials to the library you visited.

What if I want an article or chapter of a book?

Please refer to DD-ILL's FAQ How do I get an article or chapter?

What if I want to request something not owned by the BLC?

Please refer to DD-ILL's FAQ How can I borrow a book, DVD, VHS, CD, music score, or other material not owned by UConn, and follow the instructions for #2, "Use UConn WorldCat."

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