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Planning a Visit to Burns Library
Burns Library reading room is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:30 am- 1:00pm and 2:00pm-4:30pm. All guest researchers are required to make appointments; BC students, faculty and staff are encouraged but not required to do so as well. See our access plan for details on making an appointment and the safety guidelines we will be following. Contact our staff if you have any questions.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

We regret that we cannot plan any onsite events for the public until further notice, but we are presently offering some online events for this fall. We invite you to join our mailing list so that you may receive event announcements and invitations directly via email.


Book launch: Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Little Red and Other Stories

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 3:00pm Boston / 7:00pm Dublin
YouTube Live event: click here to watch (closed captioning provided)

Join us on YouTube Live for a conversation with Fall 2020 Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies Éilís Ní Dhuibhne about her new collection of short stories, Little Red, moderated by James Smith, who teaches in the English department and Irish Studies program at Boston College. Ní Dhuibhne will also discuss her current projects, which include an anthology of autobiographical essays by Irish women writers born in the 1950s—Look! It's a Woman Writer—soon to appear from Arlen House. Little Red and Other Stories is available on Kindle and online bookstores. 


Virtual exhibit tour: Louise Imogen Guiney in Boston
Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 5:30pm

Registration required by November 9

Join us on Zoom for a virtual tour of the John J. Burns Library exhibit “Devoted Catholic & Determined Writer: Louise Imogen Guiney in Boston.” The tour will be led by Burns Library conservator and exhibit curator Barbara Adams Hebard and Burns Librarian Christian Dupont. Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920), one of only two women represented in stained-glass portraits of American authors in Bapst Library, may have faded from the canon, yet she continues to offer a unique window into the multifaceted literary establishment of late 19th-century Boston.


“The Irish Influence”
Fridays through December 11, 2020, 4:30pm

Zoom webinar

How the culture of Ireland has shaped and still shapes the story of America – that’s the tale explored in this series of Zoom conversations, hosted by BC professors Mike Cronin and Joe Nugent in Dublin. Each week “The Irish Influence” features an interview with a guest who is at the heart of Irish cultural life today: actors, writers, historians, filmmakers, musicians, dancers. Check out the online schedule for details. The Irish Influence is an initiative by Boston College Ireland and Irish Studies at Boston College, and kindly supported by the Consulate General of Ireland in Boston.

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