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About the Pickering Educational Resources Library

The Pickering Educational Resources Library at the School of Education began in 1949 as a collection of resources “to serve teachers and it grew to serve teachers.” (L. Tolman, personal communication, March 21, 1999). It functioned as a curriculum laboratory with a collection of textbooks, curriculum guides, instructional aids, periodicals, and books for children and young adults. The library continues to collect those items in support of the academic programs at the School of Education.

Today, the great majority of education collections are available electronically. We offer access to literally millions of eBooks through regular purchasing and also through memberships in organizations like the HathiTrust. Our eJournal collections are also growing by leaps and bounds, and currently number in the tens of thousands. Important databases to search include BU Libraries Search, Google Scholar, Social Sciences Citation Index, Education Full Text, ERIC, PsycInfo, and more. We also list the best free websites for educators through our guides. Please see our complete list of topical guides for more resources.

Our staff is available to help with these resources and other resources from collections worldwide. Visitors are welcome to browse and use our collections within the library. We aim to provide excellent information services and research support to faculty, students and others dedicated to education.