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Burns Library Services


Burns Library Account

Reference & Instruction Services at Burns Library


Burns Library uses an online request management system. We ask all researchers to create a Burns Library Account to manage their requests. You should create your account before making remote requests for materials, or before using collections in the reading room. If you do not set up your Burns Library Account before your arrival, you may complete the process in the Reading Room, but there may be a short delay in retrieving your materials. 

Creating Your Burns Library Account

You can create your Burns Library Account by going to Use the appropriate portal link to register. Boston College Faculty, Students, and Staff should use their BCID and password. All other researchers should use the Guest Researchers portal, and create their own login and password.  

Burns Library Accounts expire yearly, so if you haven’t visited in a while, you will need to reactivate your account. 

Please be sure to review the registration policies in detail, and contact us if you have any questions. 

Burns Account Policies

Researchers will be photographed on their first visit to the reading room. The photographs will be stored in the Burns Library Account system and used by Boston College in connection with identifying researchers authorized to access collections and other security purposes. To verify, identify and match to the photo on file, researchers will present government or school-issued photo IDs at the beginning of every visit.