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How to Use the Library: for Students

Learn how to use the BU library for academic research

What you need to know

The Library is open regular operating hours as indicated on our web page

How do I get access to the Library's resources?

  • You can come to the Library to study or sign out physical items anytime during Library Hours
  • To access online resources and services, go to the Library website When you click on an item in the Library collection you will be prompted to authenticate as a Brandon University student. Enter your BU email address and password. 

How do I search for resources?

  • Here is a document that gives a quick overview: 

How can I get help with doing research?

There are many options:

- See the "Library Instructional Videos" page on this guide. These videos show you how to use some of the Library resources.

- Use the Chat button on the Library homepage. Virtual librarian help is available from 10 am - 4 pm, Monday to Friday. Closed on weekends.   Here's some information about the chat service: 

Email us at library@brandonu.ca when chat is offline.  We will respond by the following business day.

- Make a Research Appointment at the 

You can also contact the Reference Librarian, Rainer Schira at schirar@brandonu.ca or 204-727-7463, or contact me (Marian Ramage) at ramagem@brandonu.ca or call 204-727-9645 to leave a voice message.  We can arrange an alternate time for a phone, Zoom, or Teams meeting if there are no suitable research appointment times available.