Borrowing from Snell Library
Where Can I Get Items?
Library materials can be requested both from the Library’s collection, temporarily located off site in the Remote Annex, and from other partner libraries through Interlibrary Loan.
- Requesting items from the Remote Annex
- Note: Deliveries from the Remote Annex arrive on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
- Requesting items from Interlibrary Loan
How Long Can I Have Library Items?
- Annex Items (Books & Media):
- Faculty and graduate students: 90 days
- Staff and undergraduate students: 28 days
- All users are able to renew items up to 3 times, unless the title has been requested by another user.
- Course reserve items: typically 3 hours, and items must remain in the library. Specific loan periods can be found in the back cover of the item. Reserve items cannot be renewed.
- Interlibrary Loans: Loan periods vary depending on the policies of the lending library. Please log in to your ILLiad account or check the paper banding around the item for the due date and renewal options.
Can I Have the Library Item for Longer?
Information about item renewal is available on the library’s FAQ.
To request a renewal or check the status of your loans (including the due date), please log in to your library account.
How Do I Return Library Items?
All items on loan can be returned at the Help & Information desk located on the first floor of Snell Library.
Items on loan from the Northeastern University School of Law Library may also be returned at the Help & Information desk of Snell Library.
What if Library Items Are Returned Late?
- Reserves: $1.00 per hour ($25 maximum).
- Interlibrary loans: visit the Interlibrary Loan page for information about any fees associated with late interlibrary loans.
If items are overdue for more than 40 days, you may be charged a lost item fee of $80.
The library reserves the right to block your library account for excessive fines or if you do not return items needed by other borrowers.
Find answers to frequently asked questions about borrowing in the library FAQ.
Other Libraries on Northeastern’s Boston Campus
Northeastern University School of Law Library
The School of Law Library is located on Northeastern’s Boston Campus at 416 Huntington Avenue in the Asa Knowles building on the corner of Huntington Avenue and Forsyth Street.
Items labeled School of Law Library in Scholar OneSearch are in the Knowles building. These materials must be requested directly from the law library.
Access information about the Law Library on their website.
John D. O’Bryant African American Institute Archives
The John D. O’Bryant African American Institute Archives (JDOAAI) are located on Northeastern’s Boston Campus at 40 Leon Street.
Materials in the JDOAAI may be consulted by appointment only, during the hours 8am-noon, Monday- Thursday.
Visiting & 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:
- Center for Research Libraries
- Internet Archive/Open Content Alliance
- PORTICO – a digital preservation and archiving service
- NERL NorthEast Research Libraries consortium (affiliate member)
- NISO National Information Standards Organization
- Open Textbook Network
- SHARES – OCLC resource sharing and library partnership group
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.
Suggesting or Recommending a Purchase
If you don’t see a title that you believe the Northeastern University Library should own, please fill out the Recommend a Purchase form.