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BUILD IT Express: Ask a Librarian and About Us

A short version of the BUILD IT tutorial, with just the essential information.

Ask a Librarian

The boxes below contain brief information about some of the items grouped under ASK A LIBRARIAN and ABOUT US on the library homepage.  

For more information, see the full version of BUILD IT


There are several ways to contact a librarian for assistance, even when it is not possible to talk face to face with one at the Reference Desk. 

24/7 Librarian Chat  connects you with  a BU librarian during normal operating hours; after hours, questions are answered by other academic librarians. Click on  on the top or bottom right side of the library homepage.

Email us at  Your questions will be promptly answered.

Call the Reference Desk at 402-557-7313.

Skype for Reference is our newest service. Be sure to have Skype installed on your computer and schedule your session 24-48 hours in advance.


Use the form on the Library Comments page to pass along suggestions, praise or complaints. You can also recommend a book for purchase using this form. Just select Recommend Material for Purchase from the drop down menu.


Library Hours and Contact Information lists the phone numbers for all the library departments. Staff members and positions are listed, as well as a link to their email. 


Frequently Asked Questions has all the answers about library policies, as well as information about resources, services, and technology available in the library. 


More Than Books, our library newsletter, is published four times a year. and is full of the latest library news, including information about new services and resources,interesting websites, tech tips, reviews of journals, books, and videos, and more. Pick up a copy at the front desk, or click on Library Newsletter.

What if I am not on campus?

Too busy to come to the library or live too far away?

Don't worry, you can use all of our electronic resources from home. Go on to the next page, ACCESSING THE LIBRARY FROM OFF CAMPUS, to see how.