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John J. Burns Library



Boston College's special collections and rare books, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance.

Upcoming Events

Alumni Education Series: Celebrating the Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music
October 12, 2017
6:00 PM Refreshments
6:30 PM Program
Cadigan Alumni Center, Brighton Campus
Click here for more information and to register.

Symposium: Late Modernism & Expatriatism
​October 14, 2017
Burns Visiting Scholar Lauren Arrington will host a symposium that explores Late Modernist literary texts within the context of expatriatism. The symposium will be presented by the Center for Irish Programs at Boston College. The event will be free and open to the public.
For further details and advance registration, please visit the Center for Irish Programs website.

Harp Studies: Perspectives on the Irish Harp
October 18, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
An illustrated lecture/recital by Dr. Sandra Joyce (University of Limerick) and Dr. Helen Lawlor (Dundalk IT)
Click here for more information and to register.

Rare and Remarkable: Recent Jesuit Acquisitions
November 1, 2017
12:00pm Program (Thompson Room)
12:45pm Luncheon (Irish Room)
What can a previously unknown 16th-century manual of Jesuit instruction and the second edition of Ignatius’ of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises printed in Portugal in 1553 tell us about Jesuit formation and prayer during the early years of the Society? 
Click here for more information and to register.

“Shell-shocked Walt Whitmans”: W.B. Yeats and the War Poets at Rapallo 
November 1, 2017
Burns Library Irish Room
A lecture by Fall 2017 Burns Visiting Scholar Lauren Arrington.
Click here to learn more about Lauren and the event.

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Past Events

Nótaí/Notes: Music and Ireland Research Symposium
September 22-23, 2017
Friday reception in Burns Library, followed by a full day of talks on Saturday in Gasson. Co-sponsored with NUI Galway.

"Fairies, Rebels, and the Boundaries of the House in 1916"

Friday, February 3, 2017

Presented by Lucy McDiarmid, Marie Frazee-Baldassarre Professor of English at Montclair State University and author of the recently published At Home In The Revolution: What Women Said and Did in 1916.





"Poems of Repossession : A Celebration of Contemporary Irish Poetry"

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Louis de PaorNuala Ní DhomhnaillDeirdre Brennan, and Liam Ó Muirthile read and discussed selections from Leabhar na hAthghabhála / Poems of Repossession, a newly published anthology of Irish-language poetry with English translations, edited by Louis de Paor.

"The National Museum of Ireland and the Making of a National Collection"

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Presented by Dr. Raghnall Ó Floinn, Director, National Museum of Ireland