“In coming to America from Armenia my parents opened the door of Freedom to me. America's public schools & libraries opened my eyes to the unlimited opportunity in this great land, as well as the privileges and obligations of citizenship. May this library serve over the years as a similar inspiration to all who use it. In memory of my father and mother Sarkis and Vosgitel Mugar. By their grateful son”
– Stephen P. Mugar –
While Mugar Memorial Library functions as a normal library, it also provides a Services and Technology Help Desk. In order to accommodate the spectrum of work schedules that student have, the library stays open until 2AM during the normal semester and twenty-four hours a day during the period when finals take place. The building, which is split into six floors, house a multitude of archives and exhibits. The ground floor contains a rotating exhibit that showcases artifacts from the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center. The aforementioned research center was founded in 1963 and housed in a separate location until the completion of the library. It specializes in popular contemporary figures, containing artifacts from the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. to Robin Williams. The Research Center contains documents dating all the way back to the sixteenth century that belonged to prominent figures such as signers of the Declaration of Independence. The first floor also houses a computer lab open to Boston University students and staff. The second through fifth floors contain a Music Library, reading rooms, study lounges, and other such features. The sixth floor is home to the African Studies Library, which is the center for all research pertaining to the continent of Africa for both undergraduate and graduate students.