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The John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections is located on the side of the Bapst building facing Commonwealth Avenue.

The John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections is located on the side of the Bapst building facing Commonwealth Avenue.

The University’s special collections, including the University’s Archives, are housed in the John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst Library Building, north entrance. Burns Library staff work with students and faculty to support learning and teaching at Boston College, offering access to unique primary sources through instruction sessions, exhibits, and programming. The Burns Library also serves the research needs of external scholars, hosting researchers from around the globe interested in using the collections. The Burns Library is home to more than 200,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collections cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitica; Fine printing; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional archives.

These materials are available for use in the Burns Library Reading Room during our open hours.

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John J. Burns Library Contact Information

John J. Burns Library, Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Phone #: 617-552-4861
E-Mail Address:  burnsref@bc.edu

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