Academic Resources

Library services

With locations spread across campus and available everywhere via, BU Libraries supports the research and learning activities of the University community.

There are 19 libraries on campus, providing over 2 million print and electronic book titles, 1 million print and electronic serials titles, and 200,000 physical and electronic media titles. More than 85% of their collections are available electronically.

BU Libraries provides research tools and services that include more than 400 databases, library tutorials, library instruction from research basics to graduate-level classes, reference services on demand, access to digital resources, specialist consultations, and librarian-created guides with curated resources. Librarians are available to help via chat, email, text, phone, or Zoom appointment.

Mugar Memorial Library is BU’s largest branch, located centrally on the Charles River Campus.

Mugar Memorial Library

771 Commonwealth Avenue
Phone: 617-353-2700

For details on other branch libraries and holdings, visit

Computers at Mugar Library

Students have access to 40 computer work stations for communication, coursework, and research on the first three floors of Mugar Memorial Library, 771 Commonwealth Avenue. Printing and document scanning services are available in Mugar, and an IT Help Center provides technology support (software, hardware, and account services).

Barnes & Noble @ Boston University

Barnes & Noble @ Boston University is the University’s official campus bookstore serving students, alumni, faculty, staff, and the local community. The bookstore is located at 910 Commonwealth Ave.

Course Material Ordering

If you have an active BU login account and Kerberos password, course materials—including new, used, rental, and digital options—can be reserved ahead of time on the MyBU Student Portal. View your summer course schedule under “My Courses” under the “My Academics” tab, and click “Buy Books” for your customized list. You can also find a list of required and recommended course materials directly from the Find Course Materials section of the Barnes & Noble @ Boston University website, where you can enter your courses manually.

Contact the bookstore for assistance or more information.

Barnes & Noble @ Boston University

910 Commonwealth Avenue
Phone: 617-267-8484
Textbook direct line: 617-415-9158


Summer classes are held throughout the BU Charles River Campus. The three-letter code on your class schedule will tell you the building in which your class is located.

Academic support services

Educational Resource Center (ERC)

The Educational Resource Center helps BU students develop the range and depth of academic skills required by the University’s rigorous programs. The free services and programs are designed to help students discover effective study strategies that complement their innate learning styles. Services are provided by a team of seasoned professionals, graduate students, and undergraduate student leaders.

Peer tutoring is only available in a limited number of subjects. Peer Tutors, when available, are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The ERC does not guarantee the availability of Peer Tutors in all courses or subjects. We encourage students to visit the ERC website for additional resources and services offered both at the ERC and elsewhere at BU.

The ERC is located on the 5th and 6th floors of the Yawkey Center for Student Services at 100 Bay State Road. For more information about the ERC’s programs and services, including Peer Tutoring, Writing Assistance, and Language Link, as well as individual advising, please visit the ERC website or call 617-353-7077.

CAS Writing Center

Located at 100 Bay State Road on the 3rd floor, the CAS Writing Center offers free one-on-one consultations to students enrolled in Writing Program courses (CAS WR 111, WR 112, WR 120, WR 151, WR 152, and WR 153). Students enrolled in WR courses are strongly encouraged to make appointments in advance using the online scheduling system: Students enrolled in other CAS courses may also use the Writing Center, but only on a drop-in basis by requesting an appointment here: The CAS Writing Center does not offer support to students in non-CAS courses, for graduate-level writing, or for technical and career-related writing.

The COM Writing Center

The COM Writing Center offers tutoring appointments to students taking classes in the College of Communication who would like assistance with their writing assignments. Students can sign up for appointments at For more information, visit, or email with any questions.

Math Tutoring Room

Summer Term offers free, walk-in tutoring for Mathematics and Statistics summer courses in the Math Tutoring Room located at CDS 261 (645-665 Commonwealth Ave.). A tutor is available Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 6 pm. Since the tutors are BU graduate students, this resource is particularly useful for help on specific concepts and homework problems. The Math Tutoring Room is also a good place to study, do homework, meet with classmates, or just relax between classes.


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