I hope that everyone has had a wonderful summer and that you’re excited to start another (or perhaps, your first) academic year here at Boston College. During the summer, the elevator servicing the Bapst and Burns Libraries was replaced. The Burns Library Reading Room remained open to researchers by appointment and stalwart Burns student employees and staff members carefully carried over 100 boxes upstairs by hand so that we could support research in archival and manuscript collections during over 150 visits by researchers. The Jane Jacobs, Thomas P. O’Neill, and Rex Stout Papers were among the most requested collections. In addition to providing physical access, online access to Burns Library’s Collections expanded when a manuscript from the Burns Library’s Yeats Collection, a never before published play Love and Death by W. B. Yeats, was made available online in July. We also worked on a Burns Library LibGuide– a research and informational guide to help you navigate the Burns Library’s collections.
Coordinated by Burns Senior Special Collections Cataloging Assistant Meaghan Madden and with help from Burns Conservator Barbara Adams Hebard, Burns Cataloging student employee Gina Choi has put together a new exhibition of Fine Print books. This exhibit is now available in the bookcases of the O’Brien Fine Print Room. This books in this exhibit will rotate periodically and this wonderful display presents a great chance to see some beautifully printed books form the Burns Library’s Collections. Don’t forget that while classes are in session, the Burns Library is open Wednesdays from 9 a.m – 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., in addition to our Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday hours of 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information on hours and holiday closings, see the Boston College Libraries hours page. We are always looking for opportunities to integrate Burns Library materials into classes here at Boston College. For example, Andrew Sofer’s EN889 class will be exploring the Samuel Beckett Collections at Burns, in particular the collection of correspondence between Samuel Beckett and his American Director Alan Schneider. This correspondence has also been published by Harvard University Press under the title No Author Better Served, edited by Maurice Harmon. Whether you’re looking for primary sources to be used in a single class session or as an ongoing student research project, the Burns Library can help you to enrich your classes with primary source materials. If you’re interested in visiting Burns for an instructional session, then please contact the Burns Library at 617-552-4861 or firstname.lastname@example.org . We very much look forward to working with all of you and wish you all the best for this coming academic year!
- Justine Sundaram, Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Burns Library
Phone #: 617-552-4861