Student Services

Connecting from Off-Campus

Access BU Libraries Search, databases, and online library services from the library website. You will be asked to enter your Kerberos login for resources restricted to the BU community.

Consortia in the Local Area

You may apply online for a Boston Library Consortium (BLC) card which entitles you to borrow, in person, from another BLC collection. BU WorldCat Discovery is an efficient way to locate and request items held by BLC libraries that are currently not available at Boston University as well as libraries beyond BLC. The Minuteman Library Network catalog allows you to search across one or many local public library collections and place online requests for items not available at your home library. Public library collections are a fine resource for readily loanable audio and video titles, both core and unusual print content, and offer a variety of databases as well.


Schedule an orientation or support for courses, thesis writers, and research projects with Holly Mockovak or Marci Cohen (617-353-3705).

Scan & Photocopy

The Scan & Photocopy Office (617-353-3722) is located on the first floor of Mugar Library. Scanning is free and can be sent via email or saved to a USB device. Cash and Convenience Points are accepted at the photocopy machines.


Recordings are intended for on-site use in the listening room or library classrooms, so bring some authorization from a faculty member for those occasions when you need to bring a recording to class in another building. Depending on the item, staff may issue off-site passes for some recordings without faculty authorization.


Request reserve scores, recordings and readings at the Music Library service desk during operating hours. Materials on open reserve are in the listening room, which follows Mugar hours. The library’s online catalog shows the status of library items on reserve, open reserve or elsewhere in the library. Your listening may also be streaming from within a BU Blackboard site, as well, if your instructor has chosen this option.

Thesis Writers

See Research Guide for Writers of Theses and Dissertations for submission requirements. Schedule an appointment with Holly Mockovak or Marci Cohen (617-353-3705) during the preliminary stages of your research and otherwise as needed.

Carrels are located on floors 4, 5 and 6 of Mugar Memorial Library. Doctoral students in thesis writing stage may arrange for an assignment through coordinator Tim Riordan (617-353-3722).