About

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

John J. Burns Library, Boston College

Located in the original Bapst Library building on Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus, the John J. Burns Library offers students, scholars, and the general public opportunities to engage with rare books, special collections, and archives.

Burns Library is best known for the strengths of our Irish and Irish American collections and those which reflect Boston College’s Jesuit, Catholic heritage, including British Catholic authors. We have also been developing collections around major curricular areas, such as nursing, and our local Boston community. Burns Library also houses our university archives.

For more on our collecting areas, events and exhibits, class visits, or conducting research at Burns Library, visit our website.

To see more examples of staff picks from our collections, you can follow us on Twitter, like the Burns Library’s page on Facebook and follow us on Instagram.