Boston University Libraries Search (BULS) and BU Worldcat Discovery let you search for books at BU and throughout the world. Type keywords in the search boxes and use the limiters to further define your topic. Try to be specific. When looking for books about an ancient author, type in the author's name rather than typing in "tragedy."
Remember to "Sign In" with your BU login. Our online database subscriptions are available only to BU faculty, students, and staff. Signing in also lets you request unavailable books directly from BULS by clicking a Request button (see below).
Here is a sample search and "Sign In" limited to books about Sophocles AND Antigone.
There are several ways you can obtain books or articles that we do not own. These include:
WorldCat Discovery. WorldCat Discovery allows current BU faculty, staff, and students to borrow books directly from other Boston Library Consortium libraries. Turnaround time is approximately three working days. (How to use WorldCat Discovery)
Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan services allow current BU faculty, staff, and students to request books, articles, book chapters, and other materials that our ILL staff will obtain from other libraries. Books generally take 2-4 weeks to arrive; articles are generally delivered electronically within 1-2 days.
ILL online request forms for all patrons except those affiliated with the Schools of Law and Medicine
Law Library's interlibrary loan page for Law School affiliates
Alumni Medical Library’s ILL form for Medical School affilliates
For general inquires to the Interlibrary Loan office, please call (617) 353-3706 or email ILLMML@bu.edu.