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Boston Library Consortium & Other Catalogs

Boston University is a member of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC). The Boston Library Consortium is a cooperative association of 17 academic and research libraries whose purpose is to share information resources so that the collective strengths of the group advance the research and learning of the members' constituents.

BLC Member Libraries and Catalogs

Consortium Card Program

The Consortium Card program extends direct borrowing privileges at Consortium members' libraries to students, faculty and staff from participating academic institutions. Boston University Medical Center current students, faculty and staff may obtain a BLC Consortium Card at the Alumni Medical Library Reference Desk, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. (Please be sure to bring your BU ID or BMC ID when applying for the Consortium Card.) Card holders must validate their cards at regular intervals, usually three times per year. Those who are not part of the Boston University Medical Center can request information about the Consortium Card program from the reference staff at their home libraries. Apply for a Boston Library Consortium Card.

Privileges and Special Qualifications

The Consortium Card is an identification card, and card holders may be asked to register at every Consortium library visited. Procedures vary amongst libraries and must be followed to utilize this service. Although most BLC members are flexible, the Consortium Card does not automatically confer borrowing privileges throughout the Consortium.

You may return borrowed materials to any Consortium member library, but you will be responsible for any overdue charges at the home institution. Materials borrowed from Consortium libraries can be returned to the Alumni Medical Library. The Consortium Card is a privilege, and card holders must observe the host library's circulation regulations, including the payment of charges for overdue and lost materials. Failure to do so will result in the loss of borrowing privileges at all Consortium libraries.

WorldCat: Book and Journal Holdings Database

WorldCat is the OCLC Union Catalog. It contains more than 43 million records describing items owned by Boston area libraries and libraries around the world. WorldCat contains records for the following types of materials: books*, journals*, musical scores, computer data files, magazines*, newspapers*, computer programs, manuscripts, sound recordings, films and slides, maps, videotapes. (*Does not include individual articles, stories in journals, magazines, newspapers, or book chapters.)

Other Catalogs

BU Libraries Search is the new search interface for the Boston University Libraries system. It searches print and electronic holdings, and returns results for individual journal articles and selected websites, as well as for book and journal titles.

Government Printing Office (GPO) Catalog is a resource for information on United States government publications. It includes books, reports, studies, maps, etc. Database coverage is from 1976 to date.

Harvard University Countway Medical Library holds more than 630,000 volumes, subscribes to 3,500 current journal titles and houses over 10,000 non-current biomedical journal titles. The library also houses one of the world's leading medical history collections, and provides access to many electronic information resources. The Countway Medical Library is not a member of the Boston Library Consortium, but BUMC students with a current BU photo ID may use resources in-house. Materials may not be checked out.

Library of Congress Catalog contains approximately 12 million records representing books, serials, computer files, manuscripts, cartographic materials, music, sound recordings, and visual materials.

National Library of Medicine LocatorPlus contains books, journals and audiovisuals in the National Library of Medicine's collections.

Harvard Medical School Countway Library

Harvard's Countway Library of Medicine

The following Boston University Medical Center users have access to the Countway Library:

Access is restricted to a physical visit to the Library and visitors may not check out materials. All visitors must present a valid Boston University ID.

Services include:

For more information on the services available through the Countway Library, please visit