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Instruction Services FAQ

What rooms are available for library instruction?

O’Neill RM 307: Interactive Learning Center  

  • 29 Dell work stations, including instructor station and lecture capture
  • view photo of room
  • Note: Reserve room through your subject specialist

O'Neill 211: Media Services Classroom

  • Classroom with equipment for playing common forms of video and audio. Reserve the space by emailing

O'Neill 259-Connors Family Learning Center Classroom

  • Notes:  Primarily used by the Connors Family Learning Center, this room is available for occasional library classes. Call ext 2-8055 to reserve this room.
  • Capacity:  25 chairs at tables

Carney 033

O'Neill 245

 O'Neill 246

O'Neill 254

How do I request an instructor?
You may email the subject liaisons for your department or contact any member of the Instructional Services Department.  

What are some of the classes offered by the Library?
The Boston College Libraries offer instruction on library and research skills at all levels. Our mission is to promote students’ understanding  and use of information in the  discovery, creation and transmission of knowledge in a rapidly changing information-based society.

To this end, the library offers a variety of instructional programming including:

  • Introduction to Library Resources- Librarians work closely with students to introduce a variety of resources and services
  • Library-Related Instruction- Overviews of specific collections and tips for effective searching.
  • Technology-Related Instruction Introduces participants to new technologies that can help with research. Participants gain an understanding of a new technology and how it relates to their current work.
  • Programmatic Instruction The library  collaborates with faculty to actively merge course objectives with library instruction. This includes lectures, hands-on sessions, demonstrations, and virtual interactions.  Team-teaching is welcome.

*All instruction can be tailored to meet the needs of a specific course or class.  If you have a large class we are happy to schedule smaller group sessions. We welcome feedback and recommendations for future instructional topics.

Can I send students for individual help with research?
Yes! We are happy to consult with students about their research needs, resources available in the Libraries, search strategies, etc.  Please have your student contact his or her Subject Specialist to set up a time. For more general library help, for instance, how to search Holmes, or how to use RefWorks please have them contact a librarian.

What is covered in New Student Orientation sessions?
All incoming freshmen and transfer students receive an introduction to the services and resources of the University Libraries during the summer and late August orientation sessions. These sessions cover:

  • General information about the libraries collections, services and programs
  • Accessing the library through web pages and mobile devices
  • Available resources -- research guides and databases, media center, popular reading materials, and course reserves
  • Services -- in-person and virtual reference assistance, subject specialists, and personal librarians

Orientation sessions are basic introductory sessions and are not intended to teach specific research and information seeking strategies to students.