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Human Services: Area Libraries/ILL

a guide to online and print resources for human services research.

What is the BLC?

The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) is an association of academic and research libraries located in New England. Scroll down the homepage for links to BLC member libraries. NOTE: Due to the pandemic, libraries may have short hours; please contact a library before visiting.

Beyond Northeastern

The Northeastern University Library partners 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 Research Assistance Desk if you have any questions.

ILLiad, is the online interlibrary loan service. You will need to register for this service.

Boston Public Library

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 a selection of their databases from home. In addition to the main branch at Copley Square, there is the Kirstein Business Library as well as neighborhood branch libraries.

What about Harvard?

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

The answer is: maybe. Borrowing privileges usually are 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 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.

  • ILLiad   Register for an ILLiad account, check request status, and more.
  • My Account in Scholar OneSearch login   Sign into Scholar OneSearch to check and renew your items from Northeastern and other libraries through interlibrary loan.