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Theology and Ministry Library

The Theology and Ministry Library (TML) supports research, teaching, and learning at the School of Theology and Ministry and Saint John's Seminary. The library's 250,000 volume collection is especially strong in biblical studies, Catholic theology and history, canon law, and Jesuitica. The TML is also a member library of the Boston Theological Institute Libraries and Resources Network whose libraries' combined collections—to which STM and St. John’s students have full borrowing access-- number nearly 1.5 million volumes in theology and related disciplines.

In addition, because of its close relationship to the highly respected New Testament Abstracts which are edited and published at Boston College, the TML is a depository of virtually all significant international publications in New Testament and related fields.

Facilities and Services

Equipped with several public computers and a computer lab, the library offers wireless internet access, printing, scanning and photocopying.

TML librarians provide a full range of services and assistance in the use and understanding of library resources. Watch for announcements each semester about theological research workshops taught by the TML Reference staff.

Study Carrel Reservations

School of Theology and Ministry students who are writing a thesis or dissertation may reserve a closed study carrel. Carrels are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Carrel reservations and policies may be obtained at the TML Circulation Desk.

Group Study Space

The TML has a limited amount of group study space available which groups of two or more may reserve by signing up at the Circulation Desk. Space not reserved in advance is available on a first-come first-served basis.

Atrium Gallery

The atrium gallery in the lower level of the Theology and Ministry Library offers approximately 90 linear feet of space along three walls fitted with picture rail. Exhibits are sought which are consistent with the Jesuit mission of Boston College and, more specifically, with the mission and values of the School of Theology and Ministry. For more information, please contact Esther Griswold.

Ryan Room Materials

The TML houses the Creagh Collection of Canon Law and a variety of other materials in TML 300 (The Ryan Room) which are available for use in the library only by eligible Boston College Libraries borrowers under the following guidelines:

  • A valid photo ID (Eagle ID, BTI ID, driver’s license) is required
  • A library staff member will retrieve requested items
  • Only one item may be used at a time
  • Items are to be used only in the library's Current Periodicals Reading Room
  • Items must be returned directly to a library staff member

Hours:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Friday or by appointment.
Please schedule appointments at least 24 hours in advance.

School of Theology and Ministry Writing Companions Corner

The Writing Companions Corner offers assistance with writing assignments related to coursework for STM students at all levels.  Find us in Room 213 of the Theology and Ministry Library where a tutoring appointment sign-up sheet is posted on the door.