For Faculty

Library Classes & Instruction

Mugar and branch librarians offer instruction for class sessions to faculty and to students. Instruction can cover the use of electronic resources, bibliographic tools such as RefWorks, and the overall process of posing problems, designing effective investigative strategies, collecting and evaluating information, drawing conclusions, and presenting findings. Collaborative projects provide opportunities for the librarian to work with faculty to tailor instruction to the specific needs of the class.


Faculty may place materials on reserve at the Mugar Memorial, Music, Pardee Management, Science & Engineering, and Pickering Educational Resources Libraries for the use of students enrolled in their classes. Items from the libraries’ collections as well as personal copies of such material as books, syllabi, lecture notes, articles, or sample exams may be designated for reserve. We will scan items (within the limits of copyright law) for you.


We offer access to literally millions of ebooks and print books through both regular purchasing and through memberships in organizations like the HathiTrust. Our ejournal collections currently number in the tens of thousands. You can request an item to be purchased by using the form, or by contacting the selector for a particular subject.


BU faculty may check out most BU library materials for 365 days. Loans may be renewed as many times as you wish, unless the item is recalled by another patron. Using your BU login name and Kerberos password, you can access your patron record and renew your own loans. Other borrowing methods include using a Boston Library Consortium Card in person at BLC member libraries; Interlibrary Loan; and, in limited cases, through the Faculty Reciprocal Borrowing Program.

Research Help

The BU Libraries offer a number of research guides covering both broad and narrow subject areas;  formats (such as newspapers), and key resources for specific research needs. Faculty seeking information on where to publish their books and/or journal articles can view a guide to Publishing Opportunities for FacultyIn addition, Subject Specialists are always available for consultation.