For BU Alumni
BU Libraries welcomes graduates of the University to make use of a selection of our rich resources and collections including books, journals, and electronic resources.
Access to Resources
If you graduated prior to or in 2011, and don’t have an @bu.edu account, you will need to create a new account here. For more information on alumni benefits, visit the BU Alumni & Friends website. Please contact the Alumni Office for assistance.
If you graduated after 2011, use your BU Login username and password.
You may borrow books from BU Libraries using your alumni card. Visit the BU Alumni Association website to download their app, print or request your alumni card.
Electronic Resources Available to Alumni
Alumni do not have access to all the resources current students can use due to vendor licensing agreements.
ABI/INFORM Complete (Alumni edition)
Business, primarily journals, newspapers, reports, eBooks
Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences
Academic Search (Ebsco Alumni Edition)
Multi-disciplinary journal articles, eBooks
Ebook Central Alumni Academic Complete
Multi-disciplinary journal archives
Humanities and Social Sciences journals, and recent eBooks
Project Muse Ebooks 2010-2012
Humanities and Social Sciences
Free Online Resources
OpenBU is BU’s open access institutional repository. It contains documents and publications authored or co-authored by BU faculty, students, and staff.
Directory of Open Access Journals
Access to the full text of thousands of journals covering the humanities, social sciences, and sciences and also provides access to indexes in these subject areas, including dissertations and theses.
HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.
Produced by the National Library of Medicine, MedLinePlus provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues including links to medical research on a topic.
PubMed (via the National Library of Medicine)
Note: Guest access to articles from BU’s subscription e-journals is NOT available through PubMed.
WorldCat (search libraries in your community and around the world)
Boston Public Library (BPL) online resources are available to Massachusetts residents. The BPL offers a virtual library card (eCard) that allows users immediate remote access to all BPL electronic resources, including magazine databases and downloadable audio, video, and music files.
Online registration and eCard FAQ.
When On Campus
- Access additional BU Libraries’ subscription databases, eBooks and eJournals.
- Request research assistance from our professional library staff.
- Borrow recordings and scores and use the listening facilities at our Music Library.
- Read Frequently Asked Questions about Alumni Services.
- Visit the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center (HGARC), which has a complete collection of class yearbooks and other student memorabilia.
The following BU Libraries provide additional information for Alumni:
- Alumni Medical Library
- Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries
- Pardee Management Library
- School of Theology Library