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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
The following groups of people may be eligible to request visitor borrowing privileges.
Boston Theological Interreligious (BTI) Consortium Visitors
To set up your Boston Theological Institute (BTI) Visitor account with us, please visit the library Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm. Make sure you have “opted-in” to borrowing from other BTI Libraries through the BTI Portal. Bring your student ID from the BTI institution you attend. We will have you fill out a short application for borrowing privileges (also available here). You are responsible for providing accurate contact information in addition to showing the required identification, and will be expected to follow all BU School of Theology Library policies. BTI visitors can borrow items for 28 days!
Cross-registered students: Please let us know if you are a BTI student currently registered for a BU class. If so, you may already have a student record in our system with a longer loan period (133 days, or the expiration date determined by your registration, whichever comes sooner.)
Boston Library Consortium (BLC) Visitors
Boston Library Consortium patrons looking to register for borrowing privileges at Boston University must present their card and identification from their home institution at Mugar Memorial Library (771 Commonwealth Ave., not far from the School of Theology Library). Once registered, patrons can check out material from any Boston University Library for 28 days, subject to recall. More information on registration for Boston Library Consortium patrons can be found on Mugar Library’s website. Note that BC, Northeastern, and Brandeis visitors do not need to register; simply use your institution’s ID to borrow items!
Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program Visitors
The Boston University School of Theology Library is proud to be a participating member of the American Theological Library Association’s Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program. If you are a currently registered student at another participating institution’s library, you can register for borrowing privileges here at the School of Theology Library. If you are a distance student studying at another participating institution, but in the Boston-area, don’t miss out on taking advantage of this program.
To register for borrowing privileges here at the School of Theology Library under the Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program, you must present a photo ID, our application for borrowing privileges, and proof of current registration at a participating institution (letter of introduction, class schedule, logging into your institution’s LMS, etc.) between 7:45am-4:00pm. We reserve the right to contact that institution’s home library to confirm good standing. When you apply, you agree to all of BU School of Theology Library’s borrowing policies. All circulating materials within our library can be loaned for 28 days under that Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program. If items are eligible to be renewed, you can do it in-person at our circulation desk, emailing email@example.com or by calling the library’s main number at (617) 353-3034.
STH Visiting Researchers
Our library staff receives information from the Dean’s office about future visiting researchers prior to their visits and, in most cases creates their patron record in advance. However, on their first visit we do ask visiting researchers to present a photo ID, a copy of their invitation from the office of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, and their local address during the visit.
Local Area Clergy
Local clergy in the New England area are eligible for borrowing privileges and 4 week loan periods. To register, you must present a photo ID, our application for borrowing privileges, and contact information for the local congregation (church, synagogue, mosque, chaplaincy appointment, etc.) that you serve.
Local area clergy, visiting researchers, and visitors from the Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program, please fill out the following form to request visitor borrowing privileges at the BU School of Theology Library.
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.