July 4th- Libraries closed

June 26th, 2017 in Feature

fireworks-1285252_960_720All BU libraries will be closed on Tuesday July 4, 2017.

For information regarding a particular library schedule over the holiday weekend, please consult the Hours Page or phone the library directly.

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from Great Britain. The holiday is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics, concerts, baseball games, political speeches and ceremonies, and other events celebrating the history and traditions of the United States.

Request for access

June 20th, 2017 in



June 20, 2017

Reference Librarian

Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library

Harvard Yard

Cambridge, MA 02138


Dear Sir or Madam:

This letter is to introduce , a at Boston University, who is working on a research project.

Since the research involves the use of material not available in this library, it would be greatly appreciated if you would allow this researcher access to your facilities for a reasonable period.

Thank you for your cooperation.




Help from the education librarian

June 19th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Are you at the School of Education and just need a quick answer?
Drop in at our circulation desk or see the reference librarian in room B15 — no appointment necessary.

Are you off site, or do you need to more in-depth research assistance?
Please email or make an appointment with Dan Benedetti, our education librarian and the Head of the Pickering Library.

More Ways to Get Help

How do I get a copy of a dissertation?

June 13th, 2017 in Feature, Uncategorized

pdatThe BU Libraries maintains a subscription to the premier dissertations and theses database:

ProQuest dissertations and theses.

Dissertations written in the United States from 1997 to the present are usually available in full text, PDF version in this database. For older dissertations, abstracts are available in this database, and physical copies are usually kept only at the school at which it was written.

To determine the current location of an older BU dissertation, please check BU Libraries Search. Dissertations from other institutions may be requested through Interlibrary Loan.

Please feel free to Ask a Librarian if you have further questions.

Featured eBook: Pay to Play: Race and the Perils of the College Sports Industrial Complex

June 7th, 2017 in Uncategorized

payplayThis new ebook offers a solution to the problematic relationship between institutions of higher education and the question of compensation for amateur athletes.  The authors are informed by critical race theory in their analyses of the topic, and also report on the results of a survey they conducted.

This and other ebooks are available on the ProQuest Ebook Central platform.  For more ebooks suggestions on topics in education, try our Physical Education, Health and Coaching guide or our Higher Education guide.


RefWorks: a great way to organize your references

May 25th, 2017 in Uncategorized

RefWorks is an outstanding web-based bibliography management tool which allows you to collect, arrange and edit citations, footnotes, endnotes and other items for your bibliographies from any device with internet access.  This easy to use service helps produce properly formatted in-text references and create citations and bibliographies in many different output styles, including APA 6th edition.  BU students, faculty and staff may use it for individual or group projects.

Once you sign up for an account, you may access your research from any internet-connected computer. To learn more about Refworks view the Quick Start Guide or FAQ. Refworks also offers excellent Advanced tutorials and Webinars for further instruction.

Pardee Library: Commencement Week Hours

May 12th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Pardee Library will be open the following hours during Commencement Week (May 13 – 21):

Photo by Mark Ramsay

Saturday, May 13 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, May 14 12 pm – 9 pm
Monday, May 15 – Thursday, May 18 8 am – 9 pm
Friday, May 19 8 am – 6 pm
Saturday, May 20 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, May 21 (Commencement) 12 pm – 9 pm
Summer hours will begin on May 22.

Congratulations graduates!

February 2017 Featured New Books

May 8th, 2017 in

Please click here to make a suggestion.

Print Books in Pardee Library

Note: Click on the title to find the book’s current availability. If the book is currently unavailable click on the “Find in Library” tab to view request options.

as-i-see-it branding-in-five built-to-grow business-of-creativity

corporate-governance-corporate-social digital-matrix excellence-in-managing future-workplace-experience

hiring-for-attitude hopping-over-the  lehman-brothers  mutlicaptial-scorecard

narratives-of-crisis  nonprofits-and-government  politics-of-energy woo-wow-win


Note: To access a book, click on “Find Online.” Most books are available online through ProQuest EBooks Central, EBSCOHost, Oxford, or Springer. Books can be read online or downloaded.

behavioral-finance-where-do business-and-entrepreneurship-Saudia-Arabia china's-mobile-economy clash-of-generations

customer-experience-branding dialogues-on-mobile-communication handbook-of-research innovation-race

leadership-in-the-eye leadership-lessons-for leading-with-character-and-competence practice-of-integrity

preserving-the-promise quest-for-exceptional-leadership real-options-in-energy rewardng-performance

2016 Survey Report

May 3rd, 2017 in

In March 2016 the BU Libraries Assessment Committee surveyed BU faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students to determine their use of and satisfaction with current library services and resources.  The quantitative and qualitative data have been analyzed and the results are now available in our Survey Report.

The report covers findings from the survey about the libraries’ collections, including opinions on the resources provided by the libraries, their use, and how they are found; the support the libraries provide for research at BU; the libraries’ support of teaching and learning at BU; and the libraries as physical locations for study, collaboration, accessing the collection, and assistance. A technical appendix describing survey methodology and details on the assumptions behind the statistics is included in the report.

The Committee wishes to thank to all of the students and faculty who have taken our surveys. The response rates were terrific and the data helps to drive real improvements to the BU libraries system. Below are some of the winners of the iPad mini prizes.

Mugar Library: Extended Exam Hours

April 27th, 2017 in Feature, Uncategorized

Donut Wait to StudyConcentrate Mugar Open 24 HoursBeginning Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 7:00 am, through Friday, May 12 at 11:00 pm, Mugar Memorial Library will be open 24 hours.

Between the hours of midnight and 6:00 am, access to the library will be limited to currently registered Boston University students. All six floors of the library will be available for study space. Please note that after midnight, library services such as the Research Center and most circulation services, will not be available. Also, the Music and African Studies Libraries and Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center will be closed.

Mugar Library will provide a van service from midnight until 6:00 am for anyone that needs a ride home on campus. The van will make periodic pick-ups on Commonwealth Avenue in front of the GSU Plaza, with drop-offs at any on-campus location. If you have any questions, please contact Mugar Library Security at (617) 353-4015.

Other BU libraries may also have extended hours. Please check the full listing of BU libraries for more information and contact the individual library directly if you have any questions.

For detailed information about library hours and study spaces during exams, please visit:  Extended Hours & Study Spaces Through Finals

Good luck on your finals!