Our main research library has more than 1,400 seats available, along with collaborative study spaces, lounges, galleries, and group study rooms. O'Neill is also home to the Connors Family Learning Center and the Technology Support Center. Have a research question? Reference help is available in person or online 24/7.
Regularly cited as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, Bapst offers 400 quiet study spaces in a combination of individual carrels and tables. More than 51,000 volumes on art, architecture, museum studies, and photography are housed in our original campus library.
Our University’s rare books and special collections, including the largest and most comprehensive Irish collection in the United States, are housed in Burns Library. Students and scholars can access original materials from saints and Nobel laureates, surrounded by notable art and dramatic stained-glass windows.
The ERC meets the specialized resource needs of the Lynch School of Education, with an emphasis on learning in K-12 classrooms. An interactive technology room and 50-seat multimedia classroom offer the latest classroom innovations for projects and lesson plans.
The Law Library supports legal research instruction, scholarship, and teaching, with extensive access to all essential databases. The Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room houses the Library’s collection of old and rare law books and manuscripts, including works by and about St. Thomas More.
Housed in Weston Observatory and accessible by appointment, the O’Connor Library contains a specialized collection of earth sciences monographs, periodicals, and maps, particularly in the areas of seismology, geology, and geophysics.
The Social Work Library supports the teaching and research needs of the Boston College School of Social Work. Students can access group study spaces, charging stations, and a technology lab in McGuinn Hall.
Our 250,000-volume collection contains resources on biblical studies, Catholic theology, canon law, and Jesuitica. The atrium gallery showcases distinctive exhibits and STM thesis or dissertation students can reserve private study carrels.
In 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court declared separate public schools for black and white students unconstitutional. The ruling provoked significant backlash from white communities and their elected officials across the country for several decades. Massachusetts was the first state to legally prohibit racially imbalanced schools. With resistance to desegregation in the community, this landmark decision spurred both activism and riots in the 1970s and 1980s. Drawing from materials in the John J. Burns Library collections, Boston College Libraries’ Digital Scholarship team looks back on the controversies and crises that ensued, examining the facts, figures, and effects of desegregation in Boston Public Schools.