The University Libraries provide invaluable resources (online, print and film) that support studies in the visual arts, including access to the image database ARTstor, subscriptions to streaming video services, and many digital collections with a focus on images.
The Bapst Library supports the increasingly interdisciplinary teaching, learning and research endeavors of Boston College faculty members and students in the areas of art, architecture, museum studies and photography. The Bapst Library houses the University's extensive circulating art book collection of over 50,000 volumes and often hosts exhibits of work by Art students or items from the library's collection. Carrels and tables among the art book stacks, and beautiful Gargan Hall upstairs, provide quiet spaces for study and research.
Nina Bogdanovsky the Senior Research Librarian for Art and Film, has created online portals to help students and instructors locate the best resources related to their endeavors:
At O'Neill Library, students will find hardware (including printers and scanners) and software supporting research and creative endeavors, as well as technology assistance such as the walk-in HELP desk. O'Neill Library also houses a Digital Studio with resources for analyzing and creating digital media.
Among the vast resources of the University's main library, its media collections are of special interest to those in the field of Art, and especially the Film Studies Program. The Library also provides access to a wide array of streaming video services.
Galleries and other spaces within BC Library facilities are devoted to exhibits, frequently showcasing the work of Art Department instructors or students in their classes. These shows offer a welcome study break and opportunity to discover some of the riches of the Library's collections, or the talents of members of the Boston College community. Students are especially invited to submit proposals for exhibits in the O'Neill Library Level One Gallery.