Northeastern University Libraries

Snell Library is the university’s primary research library, with collections and services supporting research and teaching across disciplines. Holdings are extensive, with a large proportion available digitally. Collections include more than 800,000 print volumes, more than 500,000 e-books, 70,000 serial subscriptions, 74,000 licensed e-journals, and more than 6,300 feet of archival and manuscript collections. Additionally, Northeastern University Libraries is a selective federal depository, maintaining a collection of materials (mostly online) published and distributed by the federal government.

Snell Library is also the primary study environment on campus, open 24/7 to the whole university community, year-round. Spaces include group, quiet, and silent work areas, with more than 30 group study rooms with whiteboards and plug-in displays for collaborative group work. Individual study rooms are also available for graduate students. In partnership with Information Technology Services, the library supports the Digital Media Commons and InfoCommons computing areas, providing high-level media creation and editing capabilities. The Digital Media Commons also includes a 3D printing studio with a full suite of fabrication technologies and professional-level audio and video recording studios.

Services provided by Snell Library include both on-site and distance reference, the latter including 24/7 live chat with a reference librarian; subject-specialist librarians who provide in-depth consultation and research support for each academic program at the university; and an interlibrary loan system for providing materials not readily available at Northeastern. Digital scholarship project support and tools are also available through an institutional repository and data management services. The library also teaches workshops on digital media tools and resources and instructional sessions about library research for students and faculty.

A free, university-operated shuttle service provides students with a safe ride home (within a mile radius of campus) from Snell Library every 20 minutes from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

The School of Law Library, located on five floors in the Knowles Law Center, includes a comprehensive collection of U.S. legal materials in print and in electronic format. Of particular note is the library’s collection in the areas of public interest law; international human rights law; and public health, death penalty issues, and progressive lawyering. Access to print and electronic materials is provided through Scholar OneSearch, the university’s online library catalog. More information can be found at the School of Law Library webpage