Can someone who doesn't go to school or work at BU get a library card?
Obtain the application form at the Circulation Desk (or online here), complete it, and present it in person to an Access Services staff member with your proof of residency. The proof of residency must include a current and/or permanent mailing address (general Post Office Box drops are not acceptable). Preferred forms of identification include one of the following:
The Borrower's card will be mailed, and full privileges will not be available until then. However, at the time of initial registration two (2) items may be borrowed. The card is valid for a period of 3 years.
Can I check out books with my PA Resident Borrower's card?
Can I renew a book?
To renew a book online: "See Renewing Materials"
In PILOT click on the “Acct Info” button and enter your LIB number (the barcode on the back of your library card) and your last name
Check the box next to the item on the list of materials currently charged to you you wish to renew
Click on the “Renew Items” button at the bottom left of the screen.
NOTE: Except for items on Reserve, Library materials may be renewed online ONCE only, and if the item has been requested by another user you will not be able to renew it. Additionally, TO RENEW MATERIAL ONLINE, YOU MUST DO SO AT LEAST TWO DAYS BEFORE THE ORIGINAL DUE DATE. After that deadline, you must bring the item to the Access Services Desk in person.
What happens if I miss the due date?
Failure to return library material when due or the accumulation of fines in excess of $5.00 will result in the suspension of borrowing privileges until the material is returned or the fines are paid.
What if I lose my card? Can I get a new one?
May I use the Library's electronic databases and journals?
(SciFinder -- also know as Chem Abstracts -- requires a BU email address to use it.)
When your Library card is mailed to you, you will receive directions on how to log onto a Library computer.
We ask that you be considerate in your computer use, especially during busy times of the semester. Please ask a librarian or staff member if you have questions.
What services or resources are not available to me?