Libraries & Museums

Libraries at Boston University

African Studies Library
The African Studies Library (ASL) is a collection of multidisciplinary resources for the study of Africa, including social sciences and humanities, sciences (especially public health), and subjects in nearly every academic discipline.

Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries
The Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries supports the research needs of the School of Law faculty and students, along with other legal researchers at BU. Library holdings include federal and state primary legal materials; major serials, treatises, and other secondary materials; legal documents and reports; and international law materials.

Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center
The HGARC is a major resource for researchers, biographers, historians, producers, and students. The collections vary in size and content and contain a variety of manuscripts, drafts, galleys, notes, notebooks, journals, diaries, scrapbooks, reviews, photographs, memorabilia, and personal and professional correspondence.

AsianArc (formerly The International Center for East Asian Archaeology & Cultural History Library)
The AsianArc Library is comprised of over 10,000 books and journals, 12,000 photos and slides, and a collection of several thousand maps of Asia. Library holdings feature an extensive and up-to-date collection of book and journal titles in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Southeast Asian archaeology, art history and ancient history, as well as important selections pertaining to other areas of East, Southeast, and Central Asia, and in the fields of anthropology, ethnography, literature, and philosophy. Although the Library is currently non-circulating, visitors are welcome to place books on personal reserve while engaged in current research and make use of the Library’s photocopying and pdf scanning services for a reasonable charge.

Mugar Memorial Library
As BU’s main humanities and social sciences library, Mugar Memorial Library provides resources for study, teaching, and research, and houses the African Studies and Music Libraries, the HGARC, the Martin Luther King Reading Room, the PAL Study Lounge, the Common@Mugar, and the Krasker Film/Video Services collection.

Stone Science Library
The Stone Science Library brings together books, journals, atlases, maps, photographs, and more in support of the Departments of Archaeology, Geography, and Earth & Environment, as well as the Center for Archaeological Studies, Center for Energy & Environmental Studies, Center for Remote Sensing, and Archaeological Institute of America.

School of Theology Library
The Theology Library encourages the pursuit of personal and academic research in all stages of life. The library maintains an open-doors policy to the public for in-house consultation of all its materials, without exception.

Museums & Research Institutions located in Massachusetts

American Antiquarian Society
Blue Hills Trailside Museum
Boston Anthenaeum Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum
Commonwealth Museum
Concord Museum
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Hammond Castle Museum
Harvard University Art Museums
Historic New England
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Massachusetts Historical Society
Museum of African American History
Museum of Fine Arts
Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea
New Bedford Whaling Museum
New England Historic Genealogical Society
National Heritage Museum
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Old South Meeting House and Historic Site
Old Sturbridge Village
Peabody Essex Museum
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
Plimoth Plantation
U.S.S. Constitution
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Museums & Research Institutions located outside Massachusetts

Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York)
Museum of Modern Art (New York)
National Museum of American History (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.)