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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

How do I 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 and enter your search in the large search box that says One Stop Search. Once you have a result list, when you click on an online 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. Closed during Spring and Summer Session. During the Fall and Winter sessions, 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 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 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 an in-person, phone, Zoom, or Teams meeting if there are no suitable research appointment times available.