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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

Update: February 2022

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

The Main Library and Music Library are still operating at limited capacity to allow for social distancing. The Library has implemented a "Clean In / Clean Out" model for study spots and workstations. We ask that you clean your own study space or workstation upon arrival and at departure from the Library. Wipes are available in the Library. 

Library stacks remain closed for the month of February.  Books and other physical items can be requested through the Library catalogue. For instructions, see 'Borrowing' on this page:

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

  • The library doors are locked but you can swipe in with your current BU ID card during Library Hours
  • 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. These videos show you how to use some of the Library resources.

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.   

Here's some information about the chat service: 


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

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.