Question: Can I use my Husky Card to borrow from other libraries?
Last Updated: Jan 08, 2023     Views: 1115

Always contact any partner or consortium library before visiting to find out what their services and access policies are for visitors.

NU faculty, staff, and students with a valid Husky Card are welcome to visit libraries that are members of the Boston Library Consortium if and when they open to visitors in person.

In order to check out books from most of these institutions, you will also need to provide a Boston Library Consortium (BLC) card which students, faculty and staff of Northeastern University can request by filling out the Library Privileges Request Form.

The following institutions do not require a BLC card to borrow, though you still need to present a valid faculty, staff, or student Husky Card:

Boston College

Boston University

Brandeis University



Visiting and Borrowing from Other Libraries

For shared borrowing and lending, the Northeastern University Libraries are a member of the Boston Library Consortium, a group of research libraries in the Greater Boston area. 

We are also members of: 

Accessing Other Libraries in the Boston Library Consortium

View a list of BLC member libraries and any information available about access policies or restrictions. 

To request a BLC card, fill out the Library Privileges Request Form.

Accessing Other Libraries Through OCLC® SHARES

Snell Library is a partner in OCLC® SHARES - a group of libraries and institutions from around the world.

Check the list of partner libraries [PDF] and please contact libraries individually to ask about access rules or scanning services before your visit.

Searching Other Libraries Online

To see which other libraries have what you need, search WorldCat Local, which shows the North American (and some international) libraries that have the books, journals, media, and all types of materials you need. You may request delivery of many of these items from directly within the system.