Fall 2007


Libraries Expand to Brighton Campus
Theology and Ministry LibraryWhen Boston College acquired additional land on the Brighton campus this summer, the St. John’s Seminary Library was included. Now re-named the Theology and Ministry Library, the library is open to the BC community and will soon begin to circulate materials. The collection of over 160,000 volumes focuses on theology, liturgy, canon law, Catholic church history, and patristic and Christian literature. Check the Library Hours to arrange a visit.

Food Policy Relaxed in O’Neill
Direct student input resulted in a change in the food policy in the open seating areas of O’Neill Library, bringing the policy more in line with the other BC libraries. Beverages in spill proof mugs (and water bottles) are now permitted as well as quiet snacks. Not permitted are meals or messy, aromatic foods (e.g., pizza, salads, soup); drinks in paper cups, open mugs, cans or bottles (other than water.)
However, food and drink is still NOT permitted in some areas of the library including at any pc workstation and in the microform areas on the 1st floor or in specific areas as posted.

Food and drink continue to pose a potential risk to library collections, equipment, and furnishings. We ask that you act responsibly when consuming food and drink in the library.

Bapst Library Chairs Win Role in Upcoming Film
Bapst ChairsIn July, twenty-two chairs from Gargan Hall in the Bapst Library were loaned to the production crew of Denzel Washington’s upcoming film, The Great Debaters, for scenes being shot in Cambridge. The film, due out in 2008, chronicles the true story of Melvin B. Tolson, who formed a debate team at Wiley College, a small African-American college located in Marshall, Texas. In the 1930s the team went on to beat Harvard in the national debate championships. We don’t know what role the chairs play in the film!

“A” Is Back
You may not have noticed but there were very few books classified in the A call number range in the O’Neill Library. That’s because most of them were shelved at the Newton Resource Center. That building is now closed and over 4,000 volumes have returned to O’Neill and are shelved on the 5th floor, reunited with the As that were left behind when the others were moved out 20 years ago.