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Welcome to the Theology and Ministry Library

The Theology and Ministry Library (TML) supports research, teaching, and learning at the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) and Saint John's Seminary. The TML engages the constituents of the STM, St. John's Seminary, and the wider Boston College community by fostering a welcoming, contemplative, and collaborative environment for study and research. The library's collection of over 250,000 volumes is especially strong in biblical studies, Jesuitica, and Catholic theology and history. The TML is also a member library of the Boston Theological Institute Libraries and Resources Network whose libraries' combined collections—to which STM and St. John’s students have full borrowing access-- number nearly 1.5 million volumes in theology and related disciplines.

Facilities and Services

TML study spaces

Equipped with several public computers and a computer lab, the library offers wireless internet access, printing, scanning and photocopying.TML librarians provide a full range of services and assistance in the use and understanding of library resources. Watch for announcements each semester about theological research workshops taught by the TML Reference staff.

Atrium gallery

The atrium gallery in the lower level of the Theology and Ministry Library offers approximately 90 linear feet of space along three walls fitted with picture rail. Exhibits are sought which are consistent with the Jesuit mission of Boston College and, more specifically, with the mission and values of the School of Theology and Ministry. For more information, please contact Esther Griswold.

School of Theology and Ministry Writing Companions Corner

The Writing Companions Corner offers assistance with writing assignments related to coursework for STM students at all levels. Find us in Room 213 of the Theology and Ministry Library where a tutoring appointment sign-up sheet is posted on the door.

Ryan Room Material

The TML houses the Creagh Collection of Canon Law and a variety of other materials in TML 300 (The Ryan Room) which are available for use in the library only by eligible Boston College Libraries borrowers under the following guidelines:

  • A valid photo ID (Eagle ID, BTI ID, driver’s license) is required
  • A library staff member will retrieve requested items
  • Only one item may be used at a time
  • Items are to be used only in the library's Current Periodicals Reading Room
  • Items must be returned directly to a library staff member

Hours:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Friday or by appointment.
Please schedule appointments at least 24 hours in advance.

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