FAQ

If you have a question for the BLC which is not addressed below, please contact us directly.  If you are a new librarian at a BLC member library, please join the BLC Announce listerv to receive regular updates on activities and events.

Is the BLC a library?

No. The BLC is a non-profit corporation and consortium of academic and research libraries.  It does not host its own library collections.  Students, scholars and researchers affiliated with BLC member libraries can use the services of other member libraries.  More details can be found here.

How can a library become a member of the Boston Library Consortium?

For information on how libraries can apply for BLC membership, please click here.

 

What are the benefits of membership?

Benefits of BLC membership are numerous, including cost-effective and efficient sharing of  print, electronic, and digital content; digitization; consortial licensing of electronic resources; and support for initiatives in the areas of scholarly communication, open access, collection development, and assessment. For more information, please click here.

Can individuals join the Boston Library Consortium?

Membership is granted at the institutional level, not to individuals. However, individuals with access privileges at member libraries can take advantage of certain BLC services. Please click here for information on how individuals can benefit from the BLC.

How can I access materials at BLC affiliated libraries?

Individuals with access privileges at BLC member libraries may borrow materials from other BLC libraries by obtaining a Consortium Card. Please click here for more information.

Is the BLC affiliated with the Boston Public Library?

The BLC is not affiliated with the Boston Public Library. To reach the BPL, call (617) 536-5400 or see their website for information on access and services.

What is a Community of Interest?

A Community of Interest is a group of BLC member librarians that meet to discuss and generate intitiatives around a variety of topics. For more information regarding Communities of Interest, please click here.