What's Happening?

O'Neill expands space for you on level 1

Many of you have probably noticed by now that level 1 of O'Neill underwent a major transformation during the summer culminating in an area filled with natural light and a new array of comfortable seating and group study booths. Bookcases hold new library acquisitions; a group study room was created to foster collaboration and group learning; and new restrooms were added near the elevators. Popular reading and DVD rental collections are now located in the main lobby.

New DVDs

Photo by Kevin Tringale

Holmes: the Libraries' primary library catalog

Providing a powerful Google-like search and the ability to filter and limit search results through the use of facets, Holmes is a good place to begin your research.

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The Heights available online

The Heights is now available online from the first issue in 1919 through 2010! It's browse-able, searchable, printable, save-able, and email-able. When combined with the other BC history materials now online, the researcher interested in any number of Boston College topics has a critical mass of information available remotely.

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Using microforms becomes easier

If you use microforms, you will be excited by the addition of four digital microform readers on levels 1 and 3 of O’Neill Library, expanding the total number of readers to seven. The readers on level 3 are located next to the Interlibrary Loan office and adjacent to the printers and Technology Support Center.


Gavin Buckley, History & English '16 uses new microform reader. Photo by Kevin Tringale

Bapst Library had a facelift this summer

The grand staircase and entry way were cleaned, and the walls were repaired and painted. A snack vending machine has been added to the Kresge level, and a coffee machine to the lower gallery level.

New coffee machine

The new coffee machine in Bapst. Photo by Kevin Tringale

Libraries join the Center for Research Libraries

This summer the Libraries joined the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries. Founded in 1949, CRL supports advanced research and teaching in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences by preserving and making available to scholars the primary source material critical to those disciplines. These materials, which complement the BC libraries collections, can be requested through interlibrary loan. In the near future, digitized versions of about 18,000 items will be available through Holmes.

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Changes to the O'Neill Plaza improve access to O'Neill

The new green space in front of the O'Neill Library not only "softens" the look of the building but also--with the elimination of the steps at the main entry--has improved access to it. New seating adjacent to trees and grassy areas offers an enjoyable place to study.

Current Exhibits @ the BC Libraries

A list of current exhibits, including show dates and expanded information about each exhibit. Exhibits are available for viewing during library open hours.