What’s Happening?


Second Entrance


A second entrance to O'Neill Library opened in January allowing direct access to level 1. Located near the entrance are printers, a check out/information desk, lounge seating and vending machines. The Level One Gallery (where student art is displayed) will be outfitted with new furniture before the end of the semester. In response to student requests, a leisure reading collection of popular fiction and non-fiction will be available for check out on that floor too. One to two thousand people are already entering and exiting through the new entrance each day.


Surge Protectors

About 75 surge protectors have been distributed throughout the library in recognition that there are not enough electrical outlets for everyone to use. There are usually extras at the 3rd floor circulation desk if you can't find one to use.


24/7 Study

24/7 hours during exams will be extended to a full two weeks for May exams. Overnight hours will begin on May 3 and end the night of May 17.

Restricted access during exams has been abolished.


Due Dates Disappear from Books

Books are no longer being stamped with due dates in all libraries (except the ERC). To find the due dates of anything you have charged out check online via your Quest Account.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest


Winners of the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Contest, sponsored by the Libraries, were announced this month. Students were invited to present their GIS mapping work as part of a campus-wide celebration of geospatial research at Boston College. Awards were based on map quality, use of GIS as a research tool and originality. Special consideration was given to topics depicting social implications of the research such as environmental issues.

The first prize of a $100 Amazon gift card was awarded to Kevin Keegan for his presentation, Boston College Tree Inventory. There was a tie for second place between Petr Yakovlev for Transitions in Structural Styles and Trends Within the Hudson Valley Fold-Thrust Belt Near Catskill, New York and David Santaniello for Estimating the Quality of Sediment Stored Behind the Merrimack Village Dam.


Graduating In May?


If you are graduating in May but staying in the area, you can continue to use the BC libraries and continue to borrow materials. Check out what's available to you on the Alumni Library Services web page.


Strategic Plan - Student Input

Students provided input into the Libraries strategic planning process in late February and early March by participating in four separate focus group sessions, conducted by DeEtta Jones of DeEtta Jones & Associates. Each session featured four separate scenarios that envisioned different versions of the library of the future. Attendees were asked to read each scenario separately, then judge it on a scale of 1-10 as well as assign a name to the scenario. Attendance was very good and the participants enjoyed free pizza, prizes (coffee mugs, water bottles and a 16 gigabyte flash drive) and spirited discussion - sometimes very passionate - as to how BC's libraries will move forward. The feedback is being incorporated into the Boston College Libraries' new strategic plan.