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Introduction to the Boston College Libraries Collections


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Welcome to the Collections pages.  Here you will find information about

  • what the library is acquiring from a variety of commercial and free sources.
  • what the library is doing to help build freely available electronic collections. 
  • how you can contribute to building the collections.

How Are Collections Developed?


Collections are developed by acquiring, organizing, preserving, publishing, digitizing information that will support the teaching, research, and creation of new knowledge by the faculty and students of Boston College.  Subject Librarians are responsible for each collection, and work with faculty, staff and students to build the best collections for this community.

Scholarly Communication

According to this white paper from the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), "Scholarly communication is the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use."  Research library collections have traditionally been identified with the print record of such communication, but a number of developments during the past 10-15 years in the information landscape have begun to radically alter the way research is being published and collected by libraries.  

For more information see the Open Access and Scholarly Publishing Guide.

Help Us Build our Collections