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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

Because of COVID-19, the library building is closed and library resources and services are being provided online. Many library resources are available online and virtual librarian help is available from 9 am - 7 pm, Monday to Friday; 1 pm - 5:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday. Click the 'Chat' button on the Library homepage for assistance.


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

  • For Online access you need your BU username and password

How do I search for resources?

  • Here is a quick 2 page overview: 

How can I get help with doing research?

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 email Marian Ramage, Reference Librarian, at or call 204-727-7463 to leave a voice message.  We can arrange an alternate time for a phone or Zoom meeting if there are no suitable research appointment times available.