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Services at the BU Libraries

We’re here to help, whether you’re taking the next step in a research project, implementing tools for a course you’re teaching, or discovering the range of services available to you.


Learn who can check out material and read about loan and return policies—including fines. If an item you need is off-site, circulation staff can help you retrieve it.


Whether you’re looking for pointers on getting started with a paper or could use a subject specialist’s advice on finding the best resources for your research, our reference team is here to help.

Data Services

Data management is an essential area of responsible research. Learn how to comply with funding agency requirements and ensure good preservation and/or access for the future. 

Interlibrary Borrowing

When you need materials beyond the BU Libraries collections, the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) make it possible.

Course Materials (Reserves)

Faculty may place required and supplemental reading assignments on Reserve, including electronic/online articles and books, library books, personal copies, etc.


Faculty may place required and supplemental reading assignments on Reserve, including library books, personal copies, physical and electronic articles. Course instructors should complete this request form.


If you have put material on reserve in previous semesters, please contact the appropriate Reserves office to reactivate old requests.

BU Alumni

We hope you’ll continue to use the resources and collections we offer after graduation. Find out how to get an alumni card and which library services are available to our alums.

Graduate Students

BU Libraries is here to support your graduate work. While you may be familiar with BU Libraries Search and our electronic resources, there are other services we can provide to help you in your studies.