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Boston College
John J. Burns Library
Chestnut Hill Campus
Chestnut Hill MA , 02467
Phone: (617)552-4861
WWW Page:
Institution Contact(s):
  Burns Library Reading Room 617-552-4861
Hours: See:
Online Catalog:
Services for the Disabled:
  Americans with Disabilities Act accessible Handicapped parking
Other Services:
  Coat room/lockers Visiting Boston College:
Bibliographic Utility:
Name: John J. Burns Library of Rare Books & Special Collections
Special Collection Contact(s):
  Bridget Burke, Associate University Librarian for Special Collections 617-552-3282
FAX: (617)552-2465
Formats: The Burns Library is home to more than 250,000 volumes and over 700 manuscript collections, including holdings of music, photographic materials, art and artifacts, and ephemera.
Collections Description: The University's special collections, including the University's Archives, are housed in the Honorable 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. 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. You can also connect with the Burns Library online by viewing the Burns Library's Flickr site, subscribing to the Burns Library's Blog or liking the Burns Library's Facebook page. The Burns Library's digital collections are among the listings at
Access: For detailed information on doing research at Burns, please visit
Copying: Photography permitted at discretion of staff All copying done by staff
Loans: Non-circulating collection
Finding Guides Available:
  Guide to monographic collection available at Guide to manuscript collections available at Guide to University Archives available at
Directions: The Burns Library is located on Boston College's Chestnut Hill Campus. The entrance to the Burns Library is on the North side of the Bapst building, which faces Boston College's main gate on Commonwealth Avenue. For maps and directions, go to For visitor parking information, go to
Page last updated on 07/17/2015