The Boston University School of Theology Library, located on the second floor of the School of Theology, is an autonomous BU Library that serves the School of Theology community on campus. Our goal as an institution is to build a library that supports the School of Theology in its mission to “cultivate leaders for communities of faith, to enrich the academy, and to seek peace with justice in a diverse and interconnected world.” We collect in areas that support the curriculum of the School of Theology (e.g. Biblical studies, the history of Christianity, theological ethics, doctrinal theology, practical theology, liturgy and homiletics, and Christian education), areas of interest to our STH community, and build upon our already existing and unique collections. Our archives and research collection contains a wealth of records of historical value created by the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, the Boston University School of Theology, and others (search the archival collection here). For more information, check out our special collections page.
As a Boston University Library, all BU students, faculty, and staff, whether undergraduate or graduate, are welcome to use our library and borrow materials from us. As a member of the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium, ATLA, and the Boston Library Consortium (through our affiliation with Mugar Memorial Library), we allow visitors from these institutions to borrow from us (and, conversely, School of Theology students can borrow from these institutions). Local-area clergy members are able to apply for borrowing privileges at our library, too. Finally, the School of Theology Library encourages the pursuit of personal and academic research in all stages of life. We open our doors to the public for in-house consultation of all our materials, without exception.
The School of Theology Library has implemented a localized assessment program with the goal of monitoring the impact of the library’s collections, services, resources, and space. The library seeks to constantly improve the experiences of its users using data-driven decision-making. The projects listed below are not exhaustive, but examples of projects undertaken by the Theology Library. For questions, reach out to the Outreach and Public Services Librarian, Sean Smith.
• BU Libraries Assessment Committee
This link shows BU-wide assessment statistics and data, including university-wide library survey reports.
• STH Library Dashboard
The STH Library Dashboard aggregates Theology Library gate counts, patron counts, circulation, and reference data in one spot.
• Spring 2017 Space Utilization Survey
A seating sweeps/space utilization project carried out in Spring 2017. The results of this project drove Theology Librarians to make adjustments to space in the library and prepare a report suggesting larger-scale improvements for library space.
• Library Hours Assessment
Data collected from this assessment project seeks to guide library decision-making about hours adjustments (e.g. opening and closing time) in the future.
• ILL Dashboard
The ILL Dashboard shows the Theology Library’s total filled borrowing, lending, and document delivery statistics, with the ability to view Theology Library total borrowing and lending statistics from other libraries.
• Have a question? Contact us!
• Are you visiting us? Check our For Visitors page.
• Get directions to our library and learn about our borrowing policies and library basics.
• Explore some of our library’s treasures in the School of Theology Archives.
• Library Staff
• Check out our library’s floor plan.
• Suggest a Book Purchase
• Support the Library
The Boston University School of Theology Library is located on the second floor of 745 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215. Specific directions can be found on our Hours & Directions page.
You can also reach us by:
Phone: (617) 353-3034
Fax: (617) 358-0699
Email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Direct contact information for staff members