Services for Law Faculty: Collection Development and Orders

Materials for the Library Collections * Office Copies and Purchasing Personal Copies

The law library is always happy to receive suggestions from faculty for additions to the law library collections.  Please send Anna Lawless (lawlessa@bu.edu, x3-8875) publishers' notices, reviews, etc. of interesting titles, or call or email her with your suggestions.  Publications will be evaluated for purchase according to the library’s Collection Development Policy, and you will be notified of the decision.  Please tell us if you would like to see an ordered book as soon as it arrives, and it will be cataloged immediately and delivered to your mailbox.  Any titles that are outside the scope of the law library's collections can be requested via interlibrary loan.

Please contact Corinne Griffiths (lawcirc@bu.edu, x3-8879) if you have any questions about the order status of a book you have requested. 

Office Copies and Purchasing Personal Copies 

Due to expense and the limitations on access, as a general rule the library does not purchase copies of titles for faculty offices.  We hope our liberal library circulation policies will allow you to sign out titles for as long as you require them.  For popular titles, the library will consider purchasing extra library copies and subscriptions.  

When faculty wish to purchase personal copies, the library has found that faculty can often directly purchase personal copies of books less expensively than ordering through the library.  The Boston University Barnes & Noble Bookstore (617-267-8484) at 660 Beacon Street in Kenmore Square gives faculty a 10% discount.  Titles not in stock can usually be special ordered.

If ordering from a publisher, they generally also accept web and telephone orders with billing to a major credit card.  Anna Lawless (lawlessa@bu.edu, x3-8875) or the reference desk (x3-3151) can give you publishers' contact information.  If titles are no longer available from publishers, Anna Lawless (lawlessa@bu.edu, x3-8875) can provide the names and telephone numbers of out of print and antiquarian book dealers.

If personal titles are hard to obtain or needed on a rush basis, please contact Anna Lawless (lawlessa@bu.edu, x3-8875) who will order copies for faculty.

Updated: August 2014