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Get help with everything from printing in our libraries to finding a stock’s Beta ratio. Librarians have developed this broad spectrum of materials to provide answers to our community’s needs.

BU Libraries Search

Search for academic materials and retrieve them quickly. Learn the ins and outs of searching, and get extensive tips for finding targeted results.

How-to Guides

In our how-to section you can learn library essentials, such as how to access the full text of an article, create and format a bibliography, identify primary sources, and more. Advanced tutorials offer help on specialized topics.

Submitting Items to OpenBU

Add your work to OpenBU, the university’s open-access institutional repository. Peruse the help section or go straight to the FAQ. If you have questions or would like help depositing, we’re here to assist.

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re constantly fielding various questions at the library. You can browse a list of the most common queries in Ask A Librarian. If you don’t find an answer to your question, please contact us.

Tech Help

With an IS&T help center and BU’s largest computer lab on Mugar’s first floor, it’s easy to find work space or get tech questions answered. Computer labs are also available in other BU libraries.

Contact Us


BU Librarians monitor our email service daily, and generally answer queries within 24 hours.

ASK 24/7

Whether during lunch or at 3 a.m., librarians are available to answer your questions ’round the clock. Note: It may not be a BU librarian chatting with you.


Reach librarian specialists by phone at 617-353-2700 or look through our reference contacts by library to find the best person to answer your questions.

In Person

Visit us at one of our library locations, make a research appointment with a subject specialist, or sign up for classes and tutorials.