Reference Services

595 Commonwealth Avenue, 3rd floor, Boston, MA 02215

Reference Services and Library Classes at the Pardee Library

Welcome to the Reference/ Information Services Desk at Pardee Library!

Reference Librarians and Reference Assistants are available to help students, faculty and staff with business research and to provide assistance with the BU Library Catalog, business databases, Bloomberg, business journals and other business sources available at Boston University and elsewhere.


You are invited to drop by the Reference/Information Desk on the 3rd floor of Pardee. This desk is staffed an average of 65 hours a week with Reference Librarians and Reference Assistants.

You may wish to make an appointment for in-depth assistance. Appointments may be scheduled by contacting the Reference desk at 617-353-4304. You can also submit a question to our online Ask-a-Librarian service.

Library Classes

The Reference Librarians conduct sessions on research for regularly scheduled Questrom School of Business classes throughout the year and orientations to Pardee Library resources at the beginning of each semester. Over the past year, sessions have included:


The Bloomberg terminal is located across from the Reference Desk and is available whenever the library is open. Please sign up for half hour use in the sign-up book located next to the Bloomberg terminal. To consult our online help guides to using Bloomberg, go to the series of Bloomberg Tutorials we have developed.

Pardee Library manages a Bloomberg Market Concepts Program. Bloomberg Market Concepts participants can sign up for a one hour session each day. To learn about the duration and requirements of the program, consult the Bloomberg Market Concepts description. For information about Bloomberg, please contact the Reference Desk.

Guides and Tutorials

The Reference Librarians develop guides to business topics and tutorials on business subjects to support the Questrom curriculum. Consult the growing Guides and Tutorials page. Contact the Reference Desk if you have any comments or questions.

Reference Collection

Our Reference Books are located on the 3rd floor of the library.