Reference Services

595 Commonwealth Avenue, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02215

Reference Services and Library Classes at the Pardee Library

Welcome to the Reference/ Information Services Desk at Pardee Library!

Reference Librarians and Reference Assistants are available to help students, faculty and staff with business research and to provide assistance with the BU Library Catalog, business databases, Bloomberg, business journals and other business sources available at Boston University and elsewhere.


You are invited to drop by the Reference/Information Desk, across from the Circulation and Reserve desk,on the 3rd floor of Pardee. This desk is staffed an average of 65 hours a week with Reference Librarians and Reference Assistants.

You may wish to make an appointment for in-depth assistance. Appointments may be scheduled by contacting the Reference desk at 617-353-4304. You can also submit a question to our online Ask-a-Librarian service.

Library Classes

The Reference Librarians conduct sessions on research for regularly scheduled Questrom School of Business classes throughout the year and orientations to Pardee Library resources at the beginning of each semester. Over the past year, sessions have included:


The Bloomberg terminal is available near the Reference Desk whenever the library is open. Please sign up for half hour use at the Reference Desk. To consult our online help guides to using Bloomberg, go to the series of Bloomberg Tutorials we have developed.

Pardee Library manages a Bloomberg Essentials Program. Bloomberg Essentials Participants can sign up for a one hour session each day. To learn about the duration and requirements of the program, consult the Bloomberg Essentials Program description. For information about Bloomberg, please phone the Reference Desk.

Guides and Tutorials

The Reference Librarians develop guides to business topics and tutorials on business subjects to support the Questrom curriculum. Consult the growing Guides and Tutorials links. Contact the Reference Desk if you have any comments or questions.

Reference Collection

Our Reference Books on the 3rd floor are organized by subject and a list of these titles is online. For your convenience, the locations for these books are given. Please check this out. One particular area of interest here is the Career Resources area which is supported by Pardee’s online Career Guides. For information about Career Resources at Pardee, contact Terry Crystal at