For BU Alumni
The 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.
Here’s how to access resources as an alumni:
- Graduated before 2011? Use:
- Graduated after 2011? Use:
BU username and password
Don’t have an Alumni Account? You can register online.
You may borrow books from the BU Libraries using your alumni card. Go to the BU Alumni Association website to download their app or print your alumni card and make sure to check for additional benefits and privileges for University graduates.
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.
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.
GOOGLE SCHOLAR (Google’s powerful search of scholarly literature)
WORLDCAT (search libraries in your community and around the world)
DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals offers free 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.
Boston Public Library (BPL) electronic databases 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 you are on campus you can also:
- 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 also provide alumni information:
- Alumni Medical Library
- Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries
- Pardee Management Library
- School of Theology Library