Last Updated: Nov 08, 2023     Views: 968

Current UMB faculty, staff and students, whose library records are in good standing, are eligible for a Boston Library Consortium (BLC) card. Massachusetts residents are eligible for a BLC card through the Boston Public Library. 

  • Apply for a BLC Card for UMass Boston community members

  • To acquire a consortium card not through UMass Boston: requests for Consortium Cards must be made to the information desk or reference staff at the Boston Public Library 

  • BLC Member Libraries and Policies

  • A BLC card does NOT provide remote access to any online texts or databases available at BLC libraries.

Using a BLC card

  • Register at the participating library's circulation desk.

  • Borrowing privileges and expiration dates vary at each institution. Check the policies of individual libraries.

  • UMB patrons are responsible for all fines/fees charged to their BLC card.


Periodically throughout the academic year, other schools may offer limited hours for library visitor access. Please call the member library in question to confirm their visitor access hours before making a special trip. You may also Ask a Librarian for assistance with planning your visit to another library.