Faculty Services

Course Reserves

Faculty may place materials on reserve for the use of students enrolled in their classes. Material placed on reserve is often made available online in full text, or else is shelved behind the circulation desk. Items from the Mugar and PERL collections as well as personal copies of such material as books, DVDs, syllabi, lecture notes, articles, or sample exams may be designated for reserve.

Please read more about our Course Reserve service.

Class Instruction

The Pickering Educational Resources Library (PERL) offers librarian-led instruction for class sessions in the eClassroom to faculty and to students that support faculty teaching. Such instruction normally covers the use of electronic resources and can be tailored to your group. Collaborative projects provide opportunities for the librarian to work with faculty to infuse information literacy into their curricula.

Consultations for individuals and small groups engaged in research are available as well. Please contact Dan Benedetti, the Head of PERL, to schedule a session.

Class and Meeting Spaces

The Pickering Educational Resources Library (PERL) has two areas that can be scheduled online by faculty members: our eClassroom and our Sustainability Resources Center (SRC). Both are wonderful instruction spaces. The eClassroom has 24 thin client computers and can accommodate seating for a few more students for slightly larger classes. The SRC features a large table with 8 chairs (more available if needed), a flat screen television, and more. Please see our eClassroom and SRC pages for more information.

Research and Reference Services

The Education librarian is available to help identify relevant databases, web sources, journals, catalogs and other research material. The librarian can also help you and your research assistants locate and procure relevant books, articles, and reports through our interlibrary borrowing services. Please contact Dan Benedetti, the Head of PERL, at benededa@bu.edu or 617-353-3735.

Collection Development

The great majority of education collections at Boston University are available electronically. We offer access to literally millions of eBooks through regular purchasing and also through memberships to organizations like the HathiTrust. Our eJournal collections are also growing by leaps and bounds, and currently number in the tens of thousands.

Education collections in print form at Boston University are split between two libraries, the Pickering Educational Resources Library (PERL) and Mugar Memorial Library.

Scan and Print

A scanner and two printers networked to the MyPrint system are available in the library. Scanning to USB flash drive or email message is free of charge.

For details on the MyPrint system please refer to the IS&T documentation.

Circulation Policy

BU Faculty may check out most library materials for 52 weeks. Loans may be renewed, unless the item is recalled by another patron. You can renew loans by signing into BU Libraries Search and clicking My Account. You may also renew in person at the circulation desk or call 353-3734 for telephone renewal.

Faculty members are not usually charged fees, but may still be held responsible for some replacement or other charges. Please contact the librarian for more details.