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Introduction to BC Libraries




students studying in the neo-gothic 2nd floor room of Bapst Library

In BC Libraries, there is a study environment for every preference: Quiet or talkative, solo or group, wide open or enclosed. O'Neill Library has the most variety, and is open 24/5 during the semester and 24/7 before and during exam periods. The Social Work Library, the Educational Resource Center, Bapst Library (Gargan Hall, above), and Theology and Ministry Library also offer study spaces that suit a variety of needs.


Bookshelves in O'Neill Library

When you are in any of the BC Libraries, you are surrounded by the accumulated wisdom of millions of the most informed, educated, and stimulating specialists in the world. Their books, articles, films, reports, and recordings are easy to find in the library catalog or in databases. Many are on our shelves, and many more are accessible through databases. If they aren't, you can request them for free through Interlibrary Loan, and they'll arrive in a few days. BC Libraries isn't just buildings full of books; it's actually your portal to information worldwide.


group of students doing collaborative work in O'Neill Library 5th floor study room

BC Libraries have many collaborative spaces, especially in O'Neill Library. Booths with video monitors are on the ground floor of O'Neill, as is a collaborative space with whiteboard walls; both are available first-come, first-served. Group study rooms with video monitors (pictured above) are on the 5th floor; these must be booked in advance online. Special libraries such as the Social Work Library and Education Resource Center also have collaborative and technology spaces.


students printing papers in the O'Neill 3rd Floor Tech area

Many projects end with a printed paper; others might involve color prints for graphs and images, multimedia projects, 3d printing, scanned images, or even web pages. We have the tools and staff to support many project output types.