For BU Alumni
BU Libraries welcomes graduates of the University to make use of a selection of 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.
BUL2go items may be requested by emailing the following details to firstname.lastname@example.org: Title, Author, and your BU username/email address. If possible, please include the item record permalink from BULibraries Search. You will receive an email notification when items are available for pickup.
All BUL2go requests will be processed for pickup at Mugar Memorial Library. Due to public health concerns, library spaces are only available to current BU students, faculty, and staff (by displaying a current BU ID). The Mugar Library BUL2go shelves are in the vestibule before the entry gate, and no ID is needed to pick up materials.
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
To use RefWorks, you must create an account using your BU email address and a unique password (different from your BU Login password).
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
Please refer to the Back2BU guidelines regarding campus visitors before visiting campus and the libraries.
The following BU Libraries provide additional information for Alumni: