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Burns Library Services


Use Published Material

Reference & Instruction Services at Burns Library

Scheduling a Visit to Use Published Material

As you identify what publications you would like to see while searching the catalog, click the blue "Schedule Visit to Burns Library" link.


Appointments and requests for materials are completed through the Burns Library online request management system. When prompted to sign-in, use the “login or register” boxes to open or create your account.


Boston College Students, Faculty and Staff should use their BC usernames and passwords, Everybody else should use the Guest Researchers portal and create their own usernames and passwords.

If you are currently registered, you will be directed straight to the request form. 

If you are a new user, or haven’t visited in a while, you will need to review our registration policies and complete the registration form, then you'll return to the request form.  

To complete the request form:

  • Review item information and add details on the specific volume or copy you wish to see (if needed)

  • In the Special Requests field, if needed, please include any questions or accommodations for your visit.

  • Schedule the date you would like to visit the reading room at the end of the request form, and press submit.

You may place requests for as many materials as you’d like, but will be restricted to using only up to 3 volumes at a time. Please indicate your priority requests in the Special Requests field. Staff will email you to confirm your appointment date/time and materials.

The reading room staff will have the materials ready for your visit. You'll simply need to show a school or government-issued ID and take a photograph to finish your registration process.