Circulation & Reserve Services

Circulation staff are available to assist you with finding and borrowing materials in all of the law library collections. If the material is checked out, not on shelf, or not in the online catalog please fill out a material request form and staff will try to obtain the material for you.

Circulation staff can also help you to find materials that have been placed on Course Reserve by your professors. Using BU Law Library Search under the Reserve tab you can search by either your Professor's name or the Course title to find these materials.

The circulation department compiles law school exams that have been approved for publication each semester. Beginning in the Fall of 2004 published exams are available to BU School of Law students on the web.

The library has a number of self-service scanners. Please ask at the nearest circulation desk if you need assistance with the equipment..

Law student study groups are encouraged to reserve a discussion room in the lower level of Pappas. Each group may reserve one of the rooms for two hours each day.

Reference & Research Services

Reference librarians are available to assist with research, online searching, questions about the collection and locating resources not owned at Boston University.  The Fineman Reference desk is located in the entrance to the library.

Law students may contact the reference librarians a number of ways. We encourage you to ask us for assistance anytime you have a question.

Law students working on seminar papers, certification papers, or journal notes are welcome to make an appointment for a research consultation with a reference librarian. The reference librarians can help you develop a research strategy for a successful research paper experience.

The library offers a Certificate in Research Skills for Practice in the Spring for those students looking for advanced research training. These will cover a variety of skills, databases and subject areas that are important for your development as a skilled researcher.

Boston University faculty who are not affiliated with the law school may request research tours of the law library or classroom instruction for law related classes.

Updated: August 2015