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How Are Collections Developed?


Collections are developed by

  • acquiring
  • organizing
  • preserving
  • publishing
  • digitizing

information that will support the teaching, research, and creation of new knowledge by the faculty and students of Boston College.


Welcome to the Collections pages of the library’s website.  Here you will find information about

  • what the library is acquiring from a variety of commercial and free sources.
  • what the library is doing to help build freely available electronic collections. 
  • how you can contribute to building the collections.

Scholarly Communication

According to the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), "Scholarly communication is the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use."  Research library collections have traditionally been identified with the print record of such communication, but a number of developments during the past 10-15 years in the information landscape have begun to radically alter the way research is being published and collected by libraries.  

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Help Us Build the Collections

Please feel free to recommend items for the library collections by e-mailing a Subject Librarian.

Give us feedback about e-resources currently on trial.



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