About the Libraries

The Law Libraries and staff provide law students with extensive research services and study facilities.  The library entrance is on the 2nd floor of the Law Complex. The main circulation desk, reserve collections and the reference desk are located near the entrance. The Pappas Reading Room is accessed through this entrance as well. The third floor of the library area has additional reading rooms, library instructional classrooms and a MyPrint area. 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 circulation desk located on the second floor of the Law School at 765 Commonwealth Ave, 617/353-3151.

The legal information librarians are available 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 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, Westlaw, 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, Instructional Classrooms 335 and 336 and in the Law Annex. These computers offer a variety of software supporting law school study.  A wireless network is available throughout the libraries and the law complex. Printing via MyPrint and Scanning are available within the library.

Group study rooms are available to current law students. 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: August 2015