Academic Resources

Library Services

There are 23 libraries on campus, holding 2.4 million physical volumes and more than 45,000 current unique serials titles, and 77,000 media titles.

The BU Libraries provide research tools and services that include more than 450 databases, library tutorials, library instruction from research basics to graduate-level classes, reference services in all our major libraries, access to digital resources, specialist consultations, and librarian-created guides with curated resources.

Mugar Memorial Library is the primary library for study, teaching, and research in the humanities and social sciences for Boston University.

Mugar Memorial Library
771 Commonwealth Avenue

Summer Term Hours

  • Sunday, 10 am - 11 pm
  • Monday-Thursday, 8 am - 11 pm
  • Friday and Saturday, 8 am - 5 pm

For details on other branch libraries and holdings, visit

Barnes & Noble @ Boston University Bookstore

Course materials, general reading books, and BU merchandise are all available at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore, located at 660 Beacon Street in Kenmore Square. If you have an active BU login account and Kerberos password, course materials—including textbook and ebook purchases and rentals—can be reserved ahead of time on the  Student Link when you access your summer course schedule. Click 'Buy Books' for your customized list. You can also find a list of required and recommended course materials directly from the Textbook Section of the Barnes & Noble website by entering your courses manually.

Summer Hours:
Monday-Friday, 9 am - 9 pm
Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, 12 pm - 5 pm

Phone: 617-267-8484
Textbook direct line: 617-236-7420

Computers at Mugar Library

Students have access to a wide variety of computers for communication, coursework, and research at the BU Common @ Mugar located at the Mugar Memorial Library, 771 Commonwealth Avenue. The BU Common @ Mugar has nearly 200 work stations on the first three floors of Mugar Memorial Library, spacious, comfortable accommodations, and support services.

Course Sites (Blackboard)

A course site is a web-based system for managing course materials. Your instructor can make announcements, share course materials, and enhance discussion, all in one easily accessible location. Blackboard is the most common course site used at Boston University. You will need an active BU login name and Kerberos password to access Blackboard.

Blackboard Learn is available to anyone with a BU login name and Kerberos password at In addition, you can access Blackboard Learn through your course listings on the Student Link.

Not every course at BU will have a Blackboard site, so be sure to check with your instructor if you do not see your course site listed in the My Courses section of Blackboard Learn. All students on the official roster will be automatically given access to their course site the day after they have registered.

If you are unable to access your course site, please contact your instructor for access or information on availability.


Summer classes are held throughout the Boston University Charles River campus. The three-letter code on your class schedule will tell you the building in which your class is located.

Academic Support Services

Educational Resource Center (ERC)

The Educational Resource Center helps BU students develop the range and depth of academic skills required by the University's rigorous programs. The free services and programs are designed to help students discover and develop effective study strategies that complement their innate learning styles. Services are provided by a team of seasoned professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate student leaders.

Peer tutoring is only available in a limited number of subjects. Peer Tutors, when available, are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The ERC does not guarantee the availability of Peer Tutors in all courses or subjects. We encourage students to visit our website ( for additional resources and services offered both at the ERC and elsewhere at BU.

The ERC is located on the 5th and 6th floors of the Yawkey Center for Student Services at 100 Bay State Road. For more information about the ERC's programs and services, including Peer Tutoring, Writing Assistance, and Language Link, as well as individual advising, please visit the ERC website or call 617-353-7077.

CAS Center for Writing

The CAS Center for Writing, at 100 Bay State Road on the third floor, offers one-on-one tutorials free of charge to all students enrolled in BU Writing Program courses (CAS WR 097, WR 098, WR 100, and WR 150). Tutorials may be available on a walk-in basis, but appointments are strongly recommended. Students can sign up for tutorial sessions online at, by calling 617-358-1500, or in person at the CAS Center for Writing.

College of Communication Writing Center

The College of Communication Writing Center, located in Room B27A at the College of Communication, is available to students who would like help with their writing. Writing fellows staff the Writing Center four hours a day, Monday through Thursday. Students may sign up for an appointment online at Call 617-353-6632 for further information.

Math Tutoring Room

Summer Term offers free, walk-in tutoring for Mathematics and Statistics summer courses in the Math Tutoring Room. Since the tutors are BU graduate students, it is particularly good for help on specific concepts and homework problems. The Math Tutoring Room is also a good place to study, do homework, meet with classmates, or just relax between classes.