Answered By: Paul Bridden
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2016     Views: 299

You can recall items that are checked out, but this may take up to or over 14 days. You can also place requests through WorldCat Local or ILL to get the item from another library. This is faster.

WorldCat: 2-7 Days

WorldCat enables Boston College faculty, staff and students to search libraries worldwide and request delivery of circulating items. Find an item, then click the "Request Item" link.

Interlibrary loan: 2-7 Days

Interlibrary loan is a service for Boston College faculty, staff and students which allows you to have physical materials from other libraries and scanned articles/book chapters delivered to the BC Libraries. Items are generally delivered within 2-7 business days but sometimes BC must request the item from several libraries before successfully obtaining it. If there is a deadline beyond which the material will not be useful to you, a "not needed after" date can be indicated on the request form. To request an item from the catalog, just click the "Interlibrary Loan" link under "Find it in Library," sign in with your BC ID and password, check that necessary fields are autofilled, and click submit. You will receive an email when the item is in ready for pickup.

Recall: Up to or over 14 Days

For items that are checked out, placing a recall on an item will send the borrower a notice that the book has been requested and must be returned within 14 days. Sometimes books will be returned in a day and other times books will not be returned within the 14 days. To place a recall, sign in to your catalog account, and click the "Request" link under "Find it in Library."