Services for the BU Community
The law library welcomes the BU community to use its facilities, however, to maintain a quiet atmosphere for law student studying, certain areas of the library are reserved for the exclusive use of the law community. Non-law users must be actively using library use only materials for a current assignment in order to access these spaces. If you require a book from any of our restricted spaces, please see the Circulation Desk to arrange access or retrieval. Please see our Access Policy, or Chat With Us, if you have any questions about accessing our spaces or materials. We ask that non-law students using the law library follow law library rules and respect the quiet study space that we endeavor to maintain for all students. BU community members do have borrowing privileges, although some materials are non-circulating and materials on reserve have a three hour loan period. The law library has numerous scanners which can be used to scan and email materials.
Reference librarians are available to help with law related research questions. Please contact a reference librarian if you have questions regarding legal materials. Boston University faculty who assign papers and problems that require legal research are encouraged to organize a law library tour with a reference librarian for their class.
The library licenses eResources from hundreds of providers and subject guides to electronic resources. Most are available both on-campus and remotely to all current members of the BU community. A limited number of eResources are available only within the law library. For access to these restricted eResources please visit the law library and use the research computers located in the Pappas Reading Room.
Lexis Advance, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law are restricted to current law students and faculty. These databases are accessed through the use of distributed passwords. Due to licensing restrictions we are unable to provide passwords to non-law patrons.