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BC Libraries and Fine Arts

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Many of the departments of the University Libraries specifically support the Fine Arts, providing invaluable resources, services and guidance for students and faculty in our department.

Bapst Art Library

The Bapst Art Library supports the increasingly interdisciplinary teaching, learning and research endeavors of Boston College faculty members and students in the areas of art, architecture, museum studies and photography. Adeane Bregman, the Head of the Bapst Library, has an office in Devlin Hall to more conveniently serve the needs of Fine Arts instructors and students. The Bapst Library houses the University's extensive circulating art book collection and often hosts exhibits of work by Fine Arts students or items from the library's collection. Carrels and tables among the art book stacks, and beautiful Gargan Hall, upstairs, provide quiet spaces for study and research.

Adeane has created online portals to help students and instructors locate the best resources related to their endeavors:

O'Neill Library

Among the vast resources of the University's main library, its collections of audiovisual and print materials are of special interest to those in the field of Fine Arts, and especially the Film Studies Program.

DVDs and videos placed on reserve for specific courses are kept at the main circulation desk, and may be borrowed by faculty and staff members and students for a loan period of three hours. The library provides viewing stations for borrower convenience.

Borrowers may check out audiovisual materials not currently on reserve for specific
courses for seven days. Most of these items are shelved in stacks near the Reference
collection on the third floor of O'Neill; items that have recently been on reserve, or that require extra security due to their cost or difficulty of replacement, are housed behind the circulation desk. The online library catalog will specify the location of each media item. The Library also loans recent popular movie DVDs for a period of four days. This collection is called "O'Neill Popular DVDs," and those items in the collection that are currently available for loan are on display on the third floor of O'Neill Library.

Finally, the Library provides access to a wide array of streaming videos.

LibGuide: Finding Films

Exhibits at Boston College Libraries

Galleries and other spaces within BC Libraries facilities are devoted to exhibits, frequently showcasing the work of Fine Arts instructors or students in their classes. These shows offer a welcome study break and opportunity to discover some of the riches of the Libraries' collections, or the talents of members of the Boston College community.