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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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Watanabe Exhibit at TML

TML Atrium Gallery

Holy City: Art of Love, Unity & Resurrection
February 8 – April 20, 2018

The Holy City: Art of Love, Unity & Resurrection presents an historic exhibition of original works by the Passages Artists Collective. Scheduled to coincide with African-American History Month and the Season of Non Violence, this exhibit features a selection of quilts included in a multi-media exhibit that opened in May of 2016 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Born of the raw emotions following the 2015 mass shooting of nine people attending a Bible study session at the Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, this exhibit pays tribute to the victims with art that encourages healing, provokes thoughtful discourse, promotes peace, and reveals community. The Holy City exhibit gives voice to the breadth and depth of the Black-American experience.

The Passages Artists Collective is a group of fine artists working in diverse media to tell the stories of the global African diaspora. The works, sometimes mournful, sometimes celebratory, sometimes defiant and often hopeful, provoke the viewer to deep thought and spiritual awakening about our shared history and humanity.

Holy City is sponsored by the Boston College Libraries, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and the Thea Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center.

Learn more about past TML Atrium exhibits

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.


Steve Dalton, Head Librarian | 617-552-6541

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

Cody Mansley, Reference and Collection Development Assistant | 617-552-8157

Michael McGrath, Circulation Assistant | 617-552-6536