Northeastern University Library


The Northeastern University Library serves the entire Northeastern community—in Boston, Oakland, across the global campus network, and online. The Library provides collections and services supporting research and teaching across disciplines. Its collections are extensive, with a large proportion available digitally. The Library's collections include more than 1 million e-books; almost 500,000 print titles; more than 150,000 licensed e-journals; and more than 200,000 streaming audio and visual titles. Access to print and electronic materials is provided through Scholar OneSearch, the Library's discovery platform. The Library's Archives and Special Collections hold historical records and publications of Northeastern and unique materials preserving the history of Boston's social movements, public infrastructure, neighborhoods, and natural environments.

Services provided by the Library include both on-site and online research help, 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. The Library actively supports the unique needs of graduate students in research and publishing through services such as citation management workshops, research data support, and digital scholarship services.

The Snell Library building in Boston is open to all Northeastern students, faculty, and staff. Spaces in the building include areas for group work and quiet individual study, 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. The Library supports a range of creative activities and includes studios for audio recording, video production, and 3D printing.

F. W. Olin Library in Oakland is open to all Northeastern students, faculty, and staff, as well as Mills College and Northeastern University alumni and community members. The Library offers a collection of 200,000 volumes and other media supporting the curricular needs of the programs on the Oakland campus. Spaces in the building include areas for quiet study and group work, including reservable study rooms, a seminar room, and the student lounge. F. W. Olin Library houses special collections in the Elinor Raas Heller Rare Book Room. Oakland special collections include early printed books, contemporary fine press and artists' books, and the Mills College Archive.

School of Law Library


The School of Law Library, located on four 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. More information can be found at the School of Law Library webpage