Adjunct Faculty

Course Reserves

Before each semester begins, the library will send you an email for each course you are teaching requesting a list of reserve materials. The library automatically adds at least one copy of all materials listed on the book lists for J.D. and LL.M. students. Law faculty teaching courses may add any additional items to reserve they feel would be of interest to students in their classes. Please send your reserve requests as far in advance as possible to ensure the materials will be available when needed. Faculty members are responsible for obtaining permissions from copyright holders for any copied materials.

Please contact Emily D’Aquila (x3-3153) if you have any questions about course reserves.

Any personal materials you place on reserve, both books and photocopies, are restricted to use within the library. If you would like students to be able to borrow these materials for a 24 hour period, please let us know when you supply the materials. All personal materials are returned to faculty at the end of each semester.

Electronic Reserves

Electronic reserves are available. The library can link to electronic documents that you provide. Please contact Terri Geiger (x3-8881) to add electronic reserve materials.

Most materials available on licensed databases may be linked from Blackboard Learn course pages.

Borrowing Materials

Book and Copy Retrievals

Part-time faculty members may request materials for course preparation by contacting the Faculty Liaison (x3-8879). Our guideline is five requests per week.

Most copy requests will be filled electronically by sending you PDFs or links to reliable sources. If you would prefer to receive a print document, please indicate this when placing your request.

Materials from the Law, Mugar, and Theology libraries are usually retrieved within two business days. Materials from the Science and Engineering, Educational Resources, and the Pardee Management Libraries are retrieved once a week. Materials will be held at the Pappas Circulation Desk for pickup. All books are subject to recall for use by other patrons.

Materials Not Available at Boston University

The Faculty Liaison coordinates interlibrary loan for part-time faculty to obtain books and photocopies from libraries outside BU. Interlibrary Loan requests are limited to materials for course preparation. Please contact us (353-8879) with complete citations for the items to be obtained.

Law Library Books

Adjunct faculty may borrow books from law treatise collections for the semester they are teaching. Law Reserve materials and Law materials marked Limited Circulation, Library Use Only, or Non-Circulating may be borrowed by law faculty for a short period. Any borrowed law library materials should be returned within six weeks after the course is completed.

If you receive a recall notice for law materials and you need the material beyond the new due date, please contact the Faculty Liaison to make arrangements for continued use.

Books at Other BU Libraries

General circulation materials from other B.U. libraries circulate for an initial loan period of 3 months.

Materials may be renewed through the use of My Account on the library catalog. After two renewals, please bring the materials to the Pappas Circulation Desk to be checked in and then checked out again to your record.

Overdue notices and recalls from other B.U. libraries are sent to your BU email address.

Please note: Overdue or recalled materials from other B.U. libraries must be returned promptly. Faculty will incur fines and may be blocked from future borrowing at the lending library for failure to return materials by their due dates.

My Account

The library catalog’s My Account section allows faculty to view a list of materials they have currently checked out from any B.U. libraries. You will need your BU login and Kerberos password.

The library does not maintain records of materials you have returned. Once materials are returned all records are cleared from the system.

Films for Classroom Use

The library owns a small number of films for classroom use. These films may be found in the library catalog. The B.U. Krasker Film/Videocollection consists of over 18,500 film and video titles for classroom use in current classes. Law audiovisual support for showing films may be obtained by contacting

Access to eResources

Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law Access

Adjunct faculty members are provided access to Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law for educational purposes related to the teaching of courses at the law school. Please contact Kate Cochrane(; x8-4997) to obtain a Lexis, Westlaw and/or Bloomberg Law password.

New adjunct faculty may receive passwords for course preparation up to three months prior to the start of their class (June for fall courses, September for spring courses).

Other Licensed Databases

The library licenses resources from hundreds of providers. Most resources are available to adjunct faculty for class preparation and instruction. An alphabetical list of databases and subject guides to electronic resources provide access to products licensed by the law school. For non-legal materials, the University maintains direction on how to Find the Full Text of Articles.

The majority of these databases may be accessed by adjunct faculty by using their BU email login (username and Kerberos password).

Use the links from the library web pages to access these resources as they allow you to authenticate with your BU email login.

Electronic Journals

The University licenses over 37,000 electronic journals, many in PDF format. These journals may be retrieved from any location via the Internet using a BU email login.