Access one of the best law libraries in the country.

The Samuel M. Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries rank among the nation’s top libraries with rich collections, spectacular new state-of-the-art facilities, and one of the most extensive legal research training programs in the country.

 

Extensive library resources.

The law libraries hold over one million volumes in digital and print formats plus extensive legal and law-related databases, indexes, and e-journals. These resources include state and federal case law, statutes, legislative history, regulations and administrative law materials, all significant periodicals, and a major collection of legal treatises.

The libraries have an excellent international law collection, with an emphasis on the European Union, United Nations, international trade, and human rights. To support the School’s broad curricula and six law journals, the libraries have substantial collections in intellectual property law, health law, banking and financial law, and tax law.

As a BU Law student, you can also use BU’s Mugar Library and branches, the BU Medical School Library, and the BU School of Theology Library. You also have access to the many other libraries that are part of the Boston Library Consortium and the New England Law Library Consortium.

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World-class facilities.

The Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries are housed in our new architecturally acclaimed BU Law Complex, including the Redstone Building, newly renovated Law Tower, and the Pappas facility. Here you’ll find beautiful, expansive study space including two state-of-the-art research teaching classrooms, 21 group study rooms, collaborative work areas for students, and three reading rooms including a 49-seat quiet study room.

Professional staff, exceptional training programs.

Our legal information librarians are highly trained professionals and lawyers who will help you make the most of our vast research resources. They also offer an exceptional research training program, starting with the First Year Writing Program and continuing with eight advanced upper-class legal research courses. The popular Certificate in Legal Research Skills for Practice program is offered each spring with students earning a certificate by completing their choice of six of 16 available classes.

Open hours.

During the academic year, the Libraries are open seven days a week:

Day Fineman/Pappas
Monday – Thursday 8 am – 11 pm
Friday 8 am – 10 pm
Saturday 9 am – 9 pm
Sunday 9 am – 11 pm

For a more detailed schedule of the Libraries’ open hours, please visit: http://www.bu.edu/lawlibrary/using-the-library/access-policy/.

Directions to Law Libraries.

The main entrance to BU’s Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries is located on the second floor of the BU Law Complex. The address is 765 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215. The law library’s Annex location is located within the Mugar Memorial Library building with a separate outside entrance with stairs in the walkway between the Mugar building and the Law School. The address at the Annex is 771 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215.

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Library Staff.

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For more information about the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries, please visit: http://www.bu.edu/lawlibrary.

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