Classes & Instruction

Librarians at all of the Boston University libraries are available to provide instruction in the use of library resources. We can present resources with our website, research tools, and databases to your class, and discuss strategies for finding and evaluating information. We can also introduce students to bibliographic tools such as RefWorks. Librarians are happy to introduce students to the most basic resources or prepare classes for research in very specialized areas. If time permits, we may develop class-specific course guides. We welcome the opportunity to meet the needs of your students.

Classes can be conducted at Mugar or a branch library, in a classroom or hands-on environment, or we can come to your class. Please allow sufficient lead time for us to schedule your class.

For email or telephone requests for instruction, please include the following:

  • Your name and an email address or phone number.
  • Course name and number.
  • Number of students in the class.
  • Day, date, and time you would like to bring classes to the library.
  • Specific research tools you wish to include in the instructional session.

For information about class instruction, please contact:

African Studies Library

Beth Restrick 617-353-3726
Alumni Medical Library

Library Staff 617-638-4228
Astronomy Library

David Fristrom 617-358-4124
Law Library

Raquel Ortiz 617-353-8855
Mugar Memorial Library

Ken Liss 617-358-4064

Music Library

Holly Mockovak 617-353-3705
Pardee Management Library

Kathleen Berger 617-353-4312
Pickering Educational Resources Library

Daniel Benedetti 617-353-3735
School of Theology Library

James Skypeck 617-353-5357
Science & Engineering Library

David Fristrom 617-358-4124


Class and Meeting Spaces Available

  • Mugar Memorial Library has a variety of spaces available for individuals, study groups, and classes.
    • The PAL Study Lounge on the third floor offers great views, computers, and a comfortable, flexible place to study for individuals and multiple groups of all sizes. No reservation necessary. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
    • Computer clusters on the 2nd floor balcony and Room 503 can be reserved for class instruction. Contact Ken Liss (617-358-4064, to make arrangements.
    • Space for small groups is available most evenings in Alcove 2 on the first floor. This alcove is used regularly by Writing Center tutors during the day, but may be available to others on a case-by-case basis. (Contact Ken Liss (617-358-4064, to reserve this space).
  • The Pickering Educational Resources Library (PERL) has two areas that can be reserved by faculty members: our eClassroom and our Sustainability Resources Center (SRC). Both are wonderful instruction spaces. The eClassroom has 24 thin client computers and can accommodate seating for a few more students for slightly larger classes. The SRC features a large table with eight chairs (more available if needed), a flat-screen television, and more. Please see our eClassroom and SRC pages for more information.