Collections by Subject
Collection descriptions offered here provide an introductory overview of a range of resources available to the Boston College community. Further information is available from the subject specialists. Holmes Library Catalog provides bibliographic information about specific items, their availability for borrowing, and their location.
Arts and Humanities
Art and Architecture
Our Research Mission
In the last twenty years, the number of volumes in the library collections at Boston College has doubled with a total volume count approaching two million. As a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Libraries' mission has always been to support the teaching and research efforts of Boston College. The university has made a commitment to develop its research programs, become more of a national and international academic institution, and diversify its student population while maintaining its traditional excellence in undergraduate teaching. This commitment has implications for the kinds of information resources students and faculty require. During a time of technological innovation in publishing and information delivery, the Boston College Libraries are developing a digital library of electronic resources essential to current academic scholarship and teaching. At the same time, the Libraries continue to add to the collections of books, journals, microforms, videos, and other kinds of materials which form the historic foundation of library holdings.