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Theology and Ministry Library (TML)

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The Theology and Ministry Library (TML) supports research, teaching, and learning at the School of Theology and Ministry and Saint John's Seminary. The library's 250,000 volume collection is especially strong in biblical studies, Catholic theology and history, canon law, and Jesuitica. As part of the larger Boston College University Libraries system, the TML offers STM students full access to the Libraries’ 2.75 million print volumes, 400,000 e-books, 41,000 print and electronic journals, 650 databases of full text articles and citations, and over 4.3 million units of microform. The TML is also a member library of the Boston Theological Institute Libraries and Resources Network whose libraries' combined collections—to which STM students have full borrowing access--number nearly 1.5 million volumes in theology and related discipline.

In addition, because of its close relationship to the highly respected New Testament Abstracts which are edited and published at Boston College, the TML is a depository of virtually all significant international publications in New Testament and related fields.

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The Testimony of Faces

Current TML Exhibit

The Testimony of Faces: Struggle, War, and Change Among Tobacco Workers in Jalapa, Nicaragua

"The most powerful human forces are found in the meeting of the face and gaze. Only there do we exist for one another."  – Karl Ove Knausgaard

Photographer Lisa Fitzgerald lived and worked as a Religious of the Sacred Heart in Jalapa, Nicaragua from 1980 - 1984 at the time of the Contra War.  During those years, she took photographs of many of the people she made friends with there, almost all of whom worked in the tobacco fields.  Throughout the intervening years on repeated visits, she has re-photographed several of these same people, capturing their beauty, dignity and resolve while also powerfully chronicling the physical toll of strenuous labor, exposure to pesticides, and the after-effects of war on their lives and circumstances.

On display in the TML Atrium March 1 -  May 31, 2016.


Other Libraries

The Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr. Library
The main research library, the O'Neill Library, is located in the center of the main campus, adjoining the O'Neill Plaza. O'Neill Library holds 1.4 million volumes of the Boston College Libraries research collections in a broad range of subjects reflecting the University's extensive curriculum. These include general reference materials, indexes, the circulating collections, media, government documents, and other research materials housed on the five floors of O'Neill Library and at three remote collection sites.

The John J. Burns Library
The Burns Library is home to more than 150,000 volumes, some 15,000,000 manuscripts and important collections of architectural records, maps, art works, newspapers, photographs, films, prints, artifacts and ephemera. These materials are housed in the climate-controlled, secure environment of Burns either because of their rarity or because of their importance as part of a special collection. While treated with special care, these resources are available for use to all qualified students, faculty and researchers. Visitors are always welcome, and the library features an attractive and ambitious exhibits program.

Click here for a complete listing of Boston College's libraries and collections.


Esther Griswold, Head Librarian | 617-552-6540

Steve Dalton, Collection Development/Reference Librarian | 617-552-6541

Ginny Greeley, Circulation Services Supervisor | 617-552-6537

Michael McGrath, Circulation Assistant | 617-552-6536