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Circulation Services

Phone: (617) 638-4244

If you need additional information about Circulation Services, contact Konstantin Starikov, Head of Circulation & Interlibrary Loan Services, at (617) 638-4224 or

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Departmental Overview

The Alumni Medical Library provides library and information services to the faculty, staff and students of the Boston University schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Public Health, and the Boston Medical Center. The Library is open to Boston University students, faculty, staff and alumni as well as members of the Boston Library Consortium and the Massachusetts Medical Society. Click here to access the BU Libraries Search interface. A description of Medical Library Collections is available here. Use this form to recommend that the Library purchase a book or journal title.

Library Use by BMC Hospital Faculty and Staff

BMC clincal employees, including residents, can use their BMC identification cards to check out materials at the Alumni Medical Library. BMC ID cards can also be used to check out items at the Charles River campus libraries, but only after an initial visit to the Medical Library. If you have already checked out a book at the Medical Library, you will not need to do any further. If you have not checked out an item and wish to use your ID card at the Charles River campus libraries, please present your card to the staff member at the Alumni Medical Library desk and ask to be added to the system that tracks library usage.

Information on setting up access to electronic resources.

Fines and Billing Information
Course Materials on Reserve

The Print Reserves Collection is located on the 12th floor of the Library behind the Circulation Desk. Reserve materials are loaned for a period of two hours and are for library use only.

The purpose of the Print Reserve Collection is to make required course readings easily accessible to Boston University students. By limiting the amount of time such material may be charged out and/or requiring that the material remain in the library during use, all students in a class have the opportunity to make use of it. Additionally, the Reserve service provides a secure location for heavily-used items.

If you are a course instructor at the Boston University Medical Center (Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine or Public Health), please view the following page for instructions on how to place materials on reserve:

The Circulation Services staff will relocate reserve materials that are no longer being used by a course instructor to the general collection. The course instructor must fill out or update a Reserve Request Form at least 14 days before these materials are needed on Reserve.

BU WorldCat Local
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BU WorldCat Local allows current BU students, faculty, and staff to borrow books directly from libraries in the Boston Library Consortium free of charge. (Please note: Interlibrary Loan is still required for requesting copies of journal articles.) Turnaround time is approximately three to five working days.

Loan period: 56 days with no renewals, no recalls. (Exception: media materials circulate for 7 days with no renewals.)
Replacement and billing fee: $125.00 replacement charge per item (or cost of the item – whichever is greater) and a non-refundable $30.00 billing fee.

If you need help placing a request, please call the Circulation Desk: (617) 638-4244. If you need additional information about BU WorldCat Local, contact Konstantin Starikov, Head of Circulation & Interlibrary Loan Services, at or (617) 638-4224.

Charles River Campus Intra-Library Request
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Students, faculty and staff of the Schools of Medicine, Dental Medicine, Public Health and the Boston Medical Center may use the Charles River Campus Intra-Library Request Form to request loanable materials and copies of print journal articles available within the BU Library System, but not owned by the Alumni Medical Library. Requests normally take 7-14 business days to fill (Monday-Friday). No rush requests are available. There is no charge for this service.

If you need an item that is not owned by any Boston University library, please use BU WorldCat Local or the Interlibrary Loan Request Form instead.

Accessing Library Holdings
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Public Safety Services

For items lost at the Alumni Medical Library call the Circulation Desk at (617) 638-4244. Lost and found items will be returned to the Public Safety Department on the same day that the items have been found. The Public Safety Department will provide vehicular or pedestrian escorts to the garages, lots and surrounding medical center buildings during night and weekend hours upon request. For more information about services provided by the BUMC Public Safety Department click on the link below.

Missing Item Search

If you are unable to locate an item on the shelves, you should first ask at the Circulation Desk so that staff can check to see if it is on a cart waiting to be re-shelved. If Library staff are also unable to find the item, please fill out the Missing Item form. Library staff will conduct multiple searches, over a period of several weeks, for each item reported missing. If an item is found, you will be contacted by email.