Access Policy & Hours

Access Policy

The materials and spaces of the BU School of Law Libraries are available to Boston University students, faculty, staff, and alumni until 8pm. In order to maintain a quiet atmosphere for law student studying, group study rooms, carrels, the Quiet Reading Room, and the Pappas Reading Room, including its lower level, are reserved for the exclusive use of the law community. Members of the BU Community are welcome in all other library spaces, including the Mezzanine-level Collaborative Area (Garo Lounge) and the Fineman Reading Room on the 3rd floor. If you need to access library materials shelved in the Pappas Reading Room or its lower level, please speak with library staff about access or retrieval. To arrange access to the Pappas Reading Room on an ongoing basis for scholarly or research needs, please contact us at lawlibraries@bu-law.libanswers.com or by calling (617) 353-3151. Violators of this policy will be referred to Judicial Affairs.  Please note access to the Law Complex is limited to the law school community via card swipe from 8pm to 11pm.


During the academic year, the law libraries’ regular hours are:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am-11:00pm
Friday 8:00am-10:00 pm
Saturday 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday 9:00am-11:00pm

Reference Desk Hours are:

Monday-Thursday 9:00am-7:00pm
Friday 9:00am-5:00 pm
Saturday 12:00pm-7:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm

Please note, the third floor and Mezzanine levels close 15 minutes earlier than the main floor. Special hours may apply during reading and examination periods, breaks and on holidays.


Monday-Thursday: 9AM-6PM
Friday: 9AM-5PM
Saturday-Sunday: Closed
Reference Desk Hours:
Monday-Friday: 10AM-4PM


The Library is open on Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day and Veterans Day. Labor Day varies.
The Library is closed on Memorial Day weekend; Independence Day; Thanksgiving Day, including the Friday after Thanksgiving; and winter recess from Christmas Day through New Year’s Day.
The Library closes early on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving Day and on Christmas Eve.