The Samuel M. Fineman Law Library and the Pappas Law Library at the Boston University School of Law  are private research facilities whose mission is to support the educational and research needs of the Boston University community. The law libraries are open to all Boston University students, faculty, staff, and alumni. After 8PM, access to the Law Complex is limited to the law school community via card swipe. Alumni who need access after 8 pm should contact the facilities manager at 617-358-2300 to obtain a card.

In order to maintain a quiet atmosphere for law student studying, group study rooms, carrels, the Quiet Reading Room, and the Pappas Reading Room, including its lower level, are reserved for the exclusive use of the law community. Members of the BU Community are welcome in all other library spaces, including the Mezzanine-level Collaborative Area (Garo Lounge) and the Fineman Reading Room on the 3rd floor. If you need to access library materials shelved in the Pappas Reading Room or its lower level, please speak with library staff about access or retrieval. To arrange access to the Pappas Reading Room on an ongoing basis for scholarly or research needs, please contact us at or by calling (617) 353-3151.

Boston Academic and Legal Communities

Current students, faculty, and staff from colleges and universities in the Boston Library Consortium and the New England Law Library Consortium can access the Libraries during the above hours for specific research projects after filling out a visitor registration form and presenting their consortium or university identification cards Monday-Thursday, 9 am-8 pm; Friday and Saturday, 9 am-5 pm, and Sunday, noon-8 pm during the academic year. Special hours apply for holidays and between semesters.

Other Researchers

All other researchers who desire the use of unique materials in the library’s collections must request prior permission to access the library for short-term legal research. Please contact Ellen Frentzen, Associate Director for Administration & Access Services, to request access privileges. If permission is given, upon arrival researchers must complete an application form and present a valid photo identification at the Fineman circulation desk.

Users who need assistance to access or retrieve materials from the Law Libraries’ collections should visit or contact the Fineman circulation desk located on the second floor of the Law School at 765 Commonwealth Ave, 617-353-3151.

For additional questions about law library access, please contact us at 617-353-3151 or

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