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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

Due to COVID capacity and distancing restrictions, access to spaces inside the Library is limited. However, works stations in the Convergys Lab and single-user study desks on the Main Floor are available to book by appointment. This is also where you will have access to a photocopier and a printer.

To ensure social distancing, you must make an appointment to book computer workstations (includes printing), study spots, photocopier use, and to pick up physical items that you have requested. You will need to use your BU email address for the appointment. You will then be able to swipe into the Richardson Building and into the Library with your 2020-21 student card at the time of your appointment.

Appointments are available 8:30 am - 8:00 pm Monday - Thursday; 8:30 am - 4:45 on Fridays; and 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm on weekends.

Many library resources are available online and virtual librarian help is available from 9 am - 5 pm, Monday to Friday.  Click the 'Chat' button on the Library homepage for assistance. Closed on weekends.   

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

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

  • For Online access you need to login with your BU username (don't add 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?

See the "Library Instructional Videos" page on this guide

You can ask a question using Chat at the Library homepage.  Here's some information about the chat service: 

Or, you can Make a Research Appointment at the 

You can also contact the Reference Librarian, Rainer Schira at or 204-727-7463, or contact me (Marian Ramage) at 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.