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All About the Libraries

Welcome to the Boston College Libraries! This guide introduces you to the key services that the library provides to help you transition to Boston College and prepare for your fall classes. You can reach out to your subject librarian for any information that you need.

Accessing Library Services

Your BC username and password will allow you to access all library services, including interlibrary loan and requesting and renewing books. Your Eagle ID serves as your library card and allows you to print in the library.

Course Reserves

The Libraries can assist you with offering reserve access to course materials. In addition, you can integrate course reserves, other library resources and even a librarian into your Canvas course management site, provided by the Center for Teaching Excellence.

Off-campus access

Access online resources including databases, e-journals, and e-books through the library website and Catalog.  Login with your BC username & password.  See our guide to Remote Access for more details.

Subject Librarians

Subject Librarians with expertise in the disciplines are assigned to each department and provide support for scholarly research and publishing. They are research partners, developing relationships with faculty and knowledge of their interests. Please make an appointment with your subject librarian to get an introduction to the resources available and the research support they provide.


Find a more complete list of the services the Libraries provide to faculty, including finding and borrowing materials, course support, research resources, research data, publishing support and using other libraries.

Build the Collection

New tenure-track faculty are allotted $2500 from the Libraries' collections budget to be used for one-time purchases (as opposed to ongoing subscription resources). This special funding should be used within the first two years of your arrival at BC. You can ask your subject librarian to acquire the collection materials you need for your research and teaching. 

Library Instruction

The Libraries instruction program supports academics, scholarship, and lifelong learning.  Library instructors teach how to think about information in a global environment and impart lasting skills for making sound, reasoned judgments in the search for and use of information.  

Visit the Library's website to learn more about the services available to faculty members.