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Planning a Visit

Planning a Visit to Burns Library

Directions and Parking

entrance stairs to Burns Library

When using GPS directions, please input "John J. Burns Library" as your destination. If you will be parking on campus, search for Commonwealth Avenue Garage, located at 40 St. Thomas More Rd, Boston, MA 02135, as your destination. See campus visitor parking for details and rates; Boston College does not validate parking.

To reach Burns Library from the parking garage, take the elevator to the 7th floor of the garage and follow the road to the right to reach Linden Lane. Burns Library is directly across Linden Lane

Disability parking spaces are available on the far side of our building. Turn down Linden Lane and speak to the parking attendant for directions. To use our accessible entrance, press the buzzer or call (617) 552-8848.

If using the T, the nearest stop is Boston College on the B branch of the Green Line. Cross Commonwealth Avenue and turn right. Follow Commonwealth Avenue up the hill until you reach Linden Lane.

For visitors coming from out of town, Boston College Admissions maintains a list of local hotels and directions from the airport.

Map to Burns Library


John J. Burns Library is open from 9am-5pm Monday- Friday. We have extended hours until 7pm on Wednesday evenings during the semester and are open for exam hours the last two Saturdays of the semester. For up to date hours for Burns Library, as well as libraries across campus, see library hours.

What To Bring

When visiting Burns Library, you are welcome to bring your cell phone, camera, and laptop. We ask that all other items- including food, drinks, coats, and bags- are left in our coat room at the entrance of the library. See the security guard for a complimentary locker key, or if you have questions about what you can bring into the library.

Researching at Burns Library

For those who plan to conduct research using Burns Library's collections, we invite you to create a Burns Library Account to request material before arrival. Please see Finding Burns Materials and our Reading Room Policies for more details. Contact our reference staff if you have questions.


Building Photography Policy

For those who wish to request use of our building for professional photo or video shoots, please see our building photography policy for more information.