The Boston Library Consortium is an association of 19 academic and research libraries located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. The links below provide more information on access and the collections of the BLC libraries.
The Northeastern University Libraries have partnerships with libraries in the Boston area and across the country to help you access the research materials you need. You can visit some of these partner libraries yourself (see "What is the BLC?" box to the left) or use our various borrowing services for pick-up at Snell Library, or in some cases, electronic delivery. If we don't have it, we'll try to get it for you!
Use this page to familiarize yourself with the various options available to the Northeastern University community. And of course, contact us at the Reference Desk if you have any questions.
The Boston Public Library provides many valuable resources to the residents and students of Massachusetts. Be sure to sign up for an eCard in order to access many of their databases from home. In addition to the main branch at Copley Square, there is the Kirstein Business Branch near Government Center and many neighborhood branches.
A question that we're often asked is: Can I look at this at Harvard?
The answer is: maybe. And of course, borrowing privileges are mostly limited to those at Harvard. There are many libraries at Harvard University and each one has a different policy for visitors. Some will allow access to outside researchers with a valid ID (such as the ID from another university), some require a fee, and some do not allow outside researchers at all. Please check the access policy of the particular library you wish to visit before you go!
If we don't have it, we'll try to get it for you! We will request books, journal articles, and more from other libraries that have what we don't. Give us a citation and we'll locate it for you!