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Biology Research for Graduate Students

Getting full text through interlibrary loan

If materials you want are not available in Andruss Library collections, then request them through interlibrary loan, which is free to the BU community*. Articles are usually delivered within 24 hours electronically and books within 1-2 weeks, so plan accordingly. Because interlibrary loan agreements do not allow the Library to request materials that it has in its own collection, requests for materials owned by the Library will be returned to you. So, check carefully before submitting (or ask for help) to save time!

All BU students, staff, and faculty have an interlibrary loan account, which requires some additional information the first time it's used. Your user name is your full BU email address (with for students or for faculty/staff) and your HuskyID password. You may login and complete your account here:

The easiest way to use interlibrary loan is to use the Full Text Finder links in the library databases (and Google Scholar -- view this FAQ to see how) to submit an interlibrary loan request, which automatically completes the form for you (check to make sure all required fields have data). Or go to the Interlibrary Loan Request Form, select the type of material you need, and fill in as much information as you have.

For questions (such as how long your request will take, how long you can keep the material), visit the Interlibrary Loans. For questions on to use interlibrary loan, Ask Us!

Document Delivery - ARTICLES

As a convenience, the Library provides desktop document delivery for graduate students and faculty. Occasionally you will find that an article will only be available in print format. For example, the journal Cytologia is available only in print format, not electronic format.

To request document delivery, use the interlibrary loan form, providing the complete citation. Again, this service is for graduate students and faculty only.


EZBorrow is a web gateway that allows simultaneous searching of academic library catalogs in Pennsylvania. You can directly request books from another library, thus greatly speeding up the time it takes to get the book (usually 3-4 days) as compared to 1-2 weeks for regular interlibrary loans

So, if you want to borrow a book from another library, ALWAYS try EZBorrow first. If questions, Ask a Librarian.

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