Boston College Libraries
Burns Library is best known for the strengths of our Irish and Irish American collections and those which reflect Boston College's Jesuit, Catholic heritage, including British Catholic authors. We have also been developing collections around major curricular areas, such as nursing, and our local Boston community, as well as housing Boston College's university archives.
Explore Burns Library exhibits online.
We are happy to encourage wider use of Burns Library’s unique materials for teaching and research, and will work creatively with faculty and others to develop customized classes, activities, and assignments around syllabi topics and learning objectives.
140 Commonwealth AvenueChestnut Hill, MA 02467-3810
Located in the original Bapst Library building on Boston College's Chestnut Hill campus, the John J. Burns Library offers students, scholars, and the general public opportunities to engage with rare books, special collections, and archives.
Burns Library Weekly Hours
Renew books; check due dates; save records
Request books, articles, and more from other libraries; review due dates
Register to research, schedule visits, and order copies at Burns Library
Borrow and renew popular ebooks and audiobooks
Guest researchers (i.e. anyone who is not a current Boston College student, faculty, or staff) must make an appointment at least 24 hours in advance. Monday appointments made over the weekend when we are closed will not be accepted.