About the Library

The Law Library and staff provide law students with extensive research services and study facilities.  The new law library entrance is on the 2L level of the Redstone Building adjacent to the Fineman circulation area, reserve collections and reference desk. Access to the Pappas Reading Room is through the new circulation area. The new third floor library area of the Redstone building houses additional reading rooms, library research instructional classrooms and student printing (MyPrint). The Law Annex in the basement of Mugar Library houses legal treatises, as well as foreign and international legal materials, and provides additional study space. 

Users who need assistance to access or retrieve materials from the law library 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.

The legal information librarians are available as a resource to help students with research. They are all lawyers as well as librarians. They provide tours and orientations, teach legal research instructional classes, offer individual research consultations with students, and provide daily research assistance from the reference desk at the library entrance and online by chat, text and email. One of the most popular programs is the Certification Program in the spring which teaches advanced research skills.

The library's website includes information on library services, research training, and collections, plus numerous research guides with links to the most useful licensed products and websites for electronic research. The library’s collections include over a million volumes in print and digital formats and an extensive collection of electronic resources for legal and interdisciplinary research including Lexis Advance, WestlawNext, Bloomberg Law, BNA Premier, and interactive materials from the Center for Computer-Aided Legal Instruction (CALI). Through consortial arrangements with other schools, the library provides interlibrary loan service for titles not available in the Boston University libraries.

Computers are available in the Pappas Reading Room, Research Instructional Classrooms 335 and 336 in Redstone and in the Law Annex. These computers offer a variety of software including Microsoft Office, Adobe Professional, Zotero, and other software supporting law school study.  A wireless network is available throughout Redstone, the Pappas Reading Room and the Law Annex. Printing using MyPrint, as well as scanning, are available within the library.

Group discussion rooms are available in the lower level of the Pappas reading room and can be reserved for up to two hours. At law students’ request, the library has a “no cell phone talking policy” and a “no food policy.”  Covered beverages are allowed in the reading rooms.

updated: October 2014