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Books collected for the Boston College Libraries span virtually all subjects, time periods, and a vast array of publishers.  Titles are purchased to serve the current and future needs of the Boston College community

Many books are ordered on a title-by-title basis based on information from

  • Recommendations received from library users
  • Book reviews
  • Publisher catalogues and notices, and recommendations received from library users.  

Other books are acquired by the Libraries through approval plans with domestic and foreign vendors. These approval plan systems display newly-published books matching profiles by subject, publisher, treatment level (e.g., basic or advanced), and other criteria which have been chosen by Boston College librarians to fit the subject areas researched and taught at Boston College.

Our book collection, exceeding 2 million print titles, now includes an expanding collection of electronic books.  Electronic books, often offering multiple user access, remote availability 24/7, full-text searching, and sometimes enhanced media content, bring enriched content and access to users.  We are adding electronic books with careful attention to scholarly needs and user preferences.


Help Us Build the Collections

Please feel free to recommend items for the library collections by e-mailing a Subject Librarian.