Visiting the Library

Visitor Access Policy as of September 10, 2021

Due to concerns about hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Theology Library has instituted a new policy concerning access to the library:

  • Students, faculty, and staff of Boston University
    • Students, faculty, and staff of Boston University are required to show their green “Cleared to come to Campus” badge with today’s date to the desk attendant at the Theology Library in order to be admitted into the library.
    • Face masks are required to be worn at all times in the library.
  • Alumni, visiting researchers, and other visitors
    • Alumni, visiting researchers, and other visitors seeking access to the library may apply for visitor access by emailing the Head Librarian, Amy Limpitlaw, at
    • We ask that all visitors plan for their visit no less than 24 hours and preferably at least 1 week in advance.
    • Potential visitors need to let the Head Librarian know the dates and times they wish to access the library.
    • Permission to visit the library will be made at the sole discretion of the Head Librarian.
    • Non-BU visitors will only be permitted during the hours of 9 am – 4 pm, Monday-Friday.
    • After receiving permission, upon arrival at the Theology Library, visitors should tell the desk attendant their name and provide a picture I.D.
    • Face masks are required to be worn at all times in the library.

Borrowing Privileges

The following groups of people may be eligible to request visitor borrowing privileges.





Visitor Wifi Access

As a visitor, you can also access Wi-Fi on your wireless enabled device:

  • Connect to network BU Guest (unencrypted).
  • After attempting to navigate to any website on your browser, you will be redirected to a page where you set up a guest account.
  • Click on “Request a Guest Account” and fill out the information. Note you will need access to your email (by using, for example, one of our public access computers) or receive SMS text messages on your cell phone.
  • You will be sent a username and password to use to sign in that is good for 30 days.
  • You can repeat the same process over again at the end of the 30 days. BU IS&T has provided an online tutorial for the process.
Scanning, Computers, Photocopying & Printing
  • Scanning is free and easy to use at the library’s Book Scan Station. You can scan to email, Google Drive or USB; file options include .tiff, .pdf, and word-searchable .pdf. All document scanning is subject to U.S. Copyright Law.
  • Two public ‘kiosk’ computers are located to the right immediately upon entrance to the library. Unlike our other computers, these do not require a BU log-in to use.
  • Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to offer photocopying and printing to visitors.

Application for Borrowing Privileges

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