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Africana Studies: Area Libraries/ILL

A guide for research in African American and African Studies

What is the BLC?

The BLC (Boston Library Consortium)  is a network of academic research libraries located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire. 

Get a BLC card.

Beyond Northeastern

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 if you have any questions.

Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library provides many valuable resources to the residents, educators and students of Massachusetts. 

What about Harvard?

A question that we are often asked is: Can I look at this at Harvard?

The answer is: maybe. 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. Please check the access policy of the particular library you wish to visit before you go!

If we don't have an article or book

If we don't have a book, article or other item for your research, we can often get it for you.


Register for an ILLiad account, check request status, and more.