Community Faculty

Connecting to BU Services and Resources

Library Facts & Services

Obtaining Your University ID Number (UID Number)

Before obtaining access to campus-wide resources and services, Community Faculty must receive a UID Number and UID Card. This will be provided by Human Resources during the hiring process.

If a department needs a UID in advance of this hiring action, please see the UID page on the Human Resources site for information on how to request one.

Obtaining Your Terrier Card (UID Card)

Community Faculty who carry UID Cards are eligible for access to a variety of campus-wide resources and services including access to Boston University libraries, Medical Campus and Charles River campus facilities, discounts at certain athletic and cultural events, and entrance to the Boston University Faculty Club at 775 Commonwealth Avenue. Community faculty with a UID Card also receive discounts at the BU Barnes & Noble bookstore, including a 20% discount on hardcover books (40% off on hardcover bestsellers), and a 10% discount on professional reference books and paperbacks (30% off on paperback bestsellers).

After you have obtained your UID Number, you are immediately eligible to receive a UID Card, or “Terrier” Card. UID Cards are available at the Boston University Medical Campus, room C-212, Monday – Friday, between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Opening a Boston University Account

In order to use BU resources from home or office computers, you must first establish a BU account (BU Username and Kerberos password):

  1. Complete the BU account application on the Web at
  2. After completing the online application, email Library IT at to finalize the account and receive VPN client set-up instructions.

Research and Reference Assistance

Librarians are available to answer questions about specific information resources, perform literature searches, provide training in the use of MEDLINE, the Internet, and other resources, and help with accessing materials through interlibrary loan or other channels. Feel free to contact the reference desk for reference services assistance:

Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
(617) 358-4810

Electronic Textbooks and Reference Tools

Click here for access to a variety of electronic textbooks that are licensed for use by Boston University Medical Center faculty, staff, and students.