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BC Libraries Update


Visiting the Libraries

We encourage the pursuit of all scholarly endeavors.  Activities that inhibit the ability of others to work in a safe and supportive environment are not acceptable and may result in restricted access to the Libraries and its resources. Visit our general Library Policies page for additional policies.

Visiting the Libraries

BC Students and Employees: A BC ID may be required to enter a library.  In O'Neill Library, you are required to either display your "Cleared for Access" confirmation on your phone, or present your BC ID and attest that you are symptom-free.

Non-BC visitors: The Libraries will activate a visitor appointment system when BC permits visitors to campus. 

Exception:  The Burns Library is currently allowing visiting researchers by appointment.

Study Areas

Seating in all libraries has been reduced to follow CDC and State guidelines.  Seating capacity is at or below 40% and may fill up quickly.  Please have an alternative place to study in the event that library spaces are at capacity.

Attending online classes

The following library spaces allow noise and are suitable for attending an online course.

O'Neill: Third floor north side (Reading Room and behind Reference)

Bapst: Lower art stacks

ERC: Anywhere

TML: Classrooms 112, 214, 319 (when classes are not scheduled)

Law: In study rooms (one person per room)

---Additionally, these spaces are generally available 9am-5pm when classes are not in session.

  • O'Neill Library: 246, 246A, 247, 248
  • Fulton Hall: Honors library, 210, 240, 310, 423, and 260 when it comes online. 
  • Gasson Hall: library
  • Devlin Hall: Admissions lounge
  • McGuinn Hall: 011, 029, 030, 437, 526
  • Stokes Hall:
    • Cluster A: 103S, 105S, 107S, 131S, 133S
    • Cluster B: 203S, 205S, 207S
    • Cluster C: 117N, 121N, and 217N

Moving Furniture

The furniture in the Libraries has been configured to meet CDC and State guidelines for safe distancing and maximum occupancy.  Please do not relocate furniture or remove chairs from storage areas.

Safety Precautions

Everyone must follow BC, State and CDC guidelines for safety.  They include:

  • Face coverings must be used at all times within the libraries
  • Safe distancing must be maintained when seated or waiting in lines
  • Wipe surfaces before and after using
  • Wash hands frequently or use hand sanitizer
  • Follow instructions posted throughout library spaces

Food & Drink

Until further notice, food is not allowed in any library.  Some libraries will allow drinks.  When drinking, minimize the time that your face covering is removed, or use a straw.


In light of current health and safety issues, ITS requests the community refrain from printing whenever possible. Reducing printing lowers the risks associated with standing in lines at printers and using shared print release stations.

Library locations:

  • Bapst Library
  • Educational Resource Center (ERC), Campion Hall G13
  • Law School Library
  • O'Neill 205 (Digital Studio)
  • O'Neill 245 & 254 (Center for Teaching Excellence)
  • O'Neill Library 1st, 3rd and 5th floors
  • Social Work Library, McGuinn B38
  • Theology and Ministry Library

There are two color printers: O'Neill 205 (Digital Studio) & O'Neill Library 3rd floor

Other campus printing locations:

  • 2000 Commonwealth Ave (residence hall) - access is restricted to residence only
  • Alumni Hall
  • Campion 131 (Center for Teaching Excellence)
  • Corcoran Commons (2nd level)
  • Graduate Computer Lab, Fulton 260
  • Keyes South basement
  • McElroy, Eagle's Nest, 2nd floor dining hall
  • Maloney Hall (Nursing student lounges)
  • Murray House (Graduate Student Center)
  • O'Connell House
  • Student-Athlete Academic Services (SAAS) [formerly Learning Resources for Student Athletes (LRSA)]
  • Trinity Chapel

Visitor access to Government Documents

At this time, visitors are not permitted access to the Boston College campus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Remote Government Documents research support and access to online resources is still available to you. Please contact Julia Hughes, Government Documents Librarian, for assistance.