Library Access Policy

The Boston University Pappas Law Library is a private research facility that exists primarily to support the educational and research needs of the Boston University community. The Pappas Law Library is open to all Boston University students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The Law School building hours are 7am to 11pm. A card swipe entry system is in place from 8pm to 11pm. Alumni who need access after 8pm should contact the facilities manager at 617 358-2300 to obtain a card.

Researchers who are not part of the BU community and who have requested prior permission may access the Pappas Law Library during the following hours:

Monday - Thursday

9 AM - 8 PM

Friday and Saturday

9 AM - 5 PM


Noon - 8 PM

Summer Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 5PM, (Saturday - Sunday Closed)

Current students, faculty and staff from colleges and universities in the Boston Library Consortium and the New England Law Library Consortium can access the library during the above hours for specific research projects after filling out an affiliated visitor application form and presenting their consortium or university identification cards.

All other researchers who desire the use of unique materials in the Pappas Law Library collections must request prior permission to access the library for short-term legal research. Please contact Terri Geiger, or 617 353-8881 (Monday - Friday, 9AM - 4PM) to request access privileges. If permission is given, upon arrival researchers must complete an application form and present identification at the main circulation desk.

To maintain a quiet environment during examination periods, law library access is limited to Boston University law students and other Boston University researchers who require our legal collections and Boston University alumni. The third floor of the library is always reserved for the use of Boston University law school students and law school alumni.

Users who need assistance to access or retrieve materials from the law library collections should visit or contact the main Law Library 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 the library staff, 617 353-3151,

Food is not allowed in the library. Beverages may be brought in covered containers only. No beverages are allowed in the computer or microform areas or in online training rooms.

Updated: August 2014