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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

Most library resources and services are available both in person and online. 

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 open hours (see 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

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.