Founded in 1848, the Boston Public Library (BPL) was the first large free municipal library in the United States. Anyone who lives or goes to school in Massachusetts can have a card at BPL. Register online for an e-card and get instant access to most of BPL's online resources.
Check out your neighborhood public library! Local libraries provide access to books for research as well as additional databases and services.
A question that we're often asked is: Can I look at this at Harvard?
The answer is: maybe. 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. Please check the access policy of the library you wish to visit before you go!
The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) is a group of 17 academic libraries in New England, many of them in the greater Boston area. The libraries of the BLC share many of their resources. As a NU student you can use any of the libraries of the BLC, and can borrow books directly by obtaining a consortium card from the circulation desk in Snell Library.