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Reference Services

Reference librarians are available to answer questions and provide assistance regarding collections, services, and information sources available at Boston University and elsewhere.

Contact the Reference Desk at (617) 638-4228, or, Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. You are also welcome to stop by the desk in person during these hours. It is located on the 12th floor, just behind and to the left of the Circulation Desk.

Appointments are recommended for individuals seeking training or in-depth assistance. Appointments can be scheduled during reference desk hours, or during weekday evenings. Members of the BU/BUMC community may request research assistance using the Workshop Request Form.

A variety of electronic indexes and knowledge databases are available for literature searching.

The Reference Tools collection is available for ready reference questions. You can also visit our Research Help page for online tutorials and research resources.

Reference Staff

Joseph Harzbecker, MSLS, MA, AHIP
Head of Reference & Electronic Collections Management
(617) 638-4253

David Flynn, MS (LIS)
Head of Library & Information Management Education
(617) 638-4271

A'Llyn Ettien, MLIS, AHIP
Collections Management Librarian
(617) 638-4236

Konstantin Starikov, MLIS, Ph.D.
Head of Circulation & Interlibrary Loan Services
(617) 638-4224

Alissa Link, MS (LIS)
Education & Information Services Librarian
(617) 638-9183

Timothy Rainey, MLIS
Education & Information Services Librarian