Samuel M. Fineman Law Library & Pappas Law Library

The Law Libraries and staff provide law students with extensive research services and study facilities. The law library entrance and access to the Pappas Reading Room are on the 2L level of the Redstone Building adjacent to the Fineman circulation area, reserve collections, and the reference desk. The third floor library area of the Redstone building houses additional reading rooms, library research instructional classrooms and student printing (MyPrint).

Users who need assistance to access or retrieve materials from the law library collections, including closed stacks held in the law library Annex 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 and Research Instructional Classrooms 335 and 336 in Redstone. 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 the Law Complex. Printing using MyPrint, as well as scanning, are available within the library.

Group discussion rooms are available throughout the law libraries and can be reserved by law students for up to two hours. By students request, we have “no cell phone talking policy” and a “judicious” food consumption policy. Covered beverages are allowed in the library.