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how do i...?

Text a message to a Boston College librarian!  Just text 617-229-5222 for quick questions. 

Mon-Thurs: 9:00a-8:00p.

Fri: 9:00a-5:00p.

Sat-Sun: noon-5:00p.

What kinds of questions?
Simple and quick: up to 160 characters.

For more complex questions, see the Ask a Librarian page for other sources of library help.

What kind of response?
Prompt and brief: 320 characters or less. If the answer exceeds 160 characters, it will come as two messages.  Questions sent outside of service hours receive an automated response and will be answered the next service day.

Is it private?

  • Our text-to-chat service assigns a random user ID number to each patron.
  • Your phone number is never visible or accessible to us at any time.
  • Your name is never visible.

How much does it cost?

  • The answers are free, but your provider's standard rates apply to texts.