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Library Security staff are responsible for ensuring the safety and protection of all individuals, their belongings and University property. Security Staff are located at the entrance/exit area of the Mugar Memorial Library. In addition, Security staff routinely patrol the building and are identifiable by the burgundy blazers they wear. Feel free to ask for assistance at any time. The Security staff can also be reached at the Security Desk (617) 353-4012 or the Security Office (617) 353-4015.

Personal Property and Safety

The Problem

Thousands of dollars worth of personal property is stolen yearly in the United States from patrons using academic libraries. Most stolen property was left unattended by its owners. A thief typically needs no more than fifteen seconds to steal something. The phrase “I only left for a minute…” is commonly heard by Security Staff.

The Solution

Reduce The Opportunity For Theft

Please help deter theft by not leaving personal property unattended. When you leave your study area, take your property with you or ask someone you know to diligently watch your belongings while you’re away.


If you see anyone acting suspiciously or inappropriately, or if you are the victim of a theft, please contact the Security staff immediately. Be prepared to provide a report of the incident and a description of the suspect(s) involved. Security staff can be located at the Security Desk at the library entrance/exit or at the Security Office located behind the Circulation Desk. Security staff patrolling the building can also assist.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found for the Mugar Memorial Library is located at the Circulation Desk. Items recovered by patrons and staff should be turned in to Lost and Found, where owners of the lost/misplaced items can claim them. Items such as books, clothing, glasses, identifications, keys, etc., can be claimed at the Circulation Desk. Items of greater value, e.g., laptops, ipods, jewelry, wallets, etc., can be claimed at the Security Office.

Library Property

Bag Checks- Walk on Through

Mugar Memorial Library welcomes thousands of visitors daily. Bags are not routinely checked but are subject to inspection whenever the security alarm sounds. Bag checks are intended to assure that all library material leaving the building is properly charged out. We want to make sure that the library materials you need are available when you need them.

Quiet Please

Mugar Memorial Library is the principal place on campus where people read, research and study. Please be considerate of others by keeping noise and conversation to a minimum. The PAL Study Lounge located on the third floor is recommended for group study. For information on University group study areas please contact the University Information Center at (617) 353-2169. Thank you for your cooperation.

Food and Beverage

You are welcome to bring your favorite beverages into the library in spill-proof containers. Please do not bring any food or beverages in open containers into the building. Help us protect library collections and provide a clean and pest free environment.  Thanks for your cooperation.

Reporting Emergencies

Boston University encourages everyone to report promptly and accurately, to the Mugar Security Department, all criminal incidents, suspicious circumstances, and safety-related emergencies occurring at the following libraries:

  • Astronomy Library – 725 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Frederick S. Pardee Management Library – 595 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Mugar Memorial Library – 771 Commonwealth Avenue
  • Pickering Educational Resources Library – 2 Silber Way
  • Science and Engineering Library – 38 Cummington Street
  • Stone Science Library – 675 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 440

For All Emergencies


Call the Boston University Police Department

(617) 353-2121