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New to STH? Here are the Basics You’ll Need to Know:

Course Readings on Reserve

    Search the Catalog for Books

    Find More Resources for Your Papers

    • Search for articles using our STH Library Databases page, which highlights the most commonly used databases in religion and theology.
    • Find books beyond BU using
    • Learn how to request a book or article from a non-BU library through InterLibrary Loan (ILL).

    Get Research Help

    • Email our reference desk to get help from librarians at
    • Request a Zoom reference appointment on our Reference page.
    • Contact your “Personal Librarian” from our staff list. Our Personal Librarian Program assigns each incoming student a “Personal Librarian” who will be in contact via email.
    • A Course Guide for each course (linked into the course reserve) recommends key texts in the topic and subtopic(s), reference materials, important databases, and even related subject headings to help your search for more books in our catalog.
    • Check out our Subject Guides that display important reference works, journals, and databases for major subject areas (like Art and Theology, Religion and Science, Pastoral Counseling, etc.).

    Refine Your Library Skills

    Get Connected with Campus Technology

    • Wifi Instructions: choose EduRoam, then enter your BU email address and password.
    • Scanning: free self-service Book Scan Stations are available in the School of Theology Library near the printer. Materials can be scanned to email, USB, or  Google Drive, and we recommend choosing word-searchable PDF as the format.
    • Printing: Our printer is located in the main hallway, halfway down on the left (opposite the Archives).  BU IS&T’s MyPrint system gives full-time graduate students $40.00 ( 500 pages) of free printing per semester; each page costs $0.08 per page. See our guide to setting up your personal computer to print to the MyPrint printers.

    More great resources for students

    The Prophet

    The Prophet

    The Prophet is a journal created by and for the students at the Boston University School of Theology (BUSTH) to amplify the voices of STH students by promoting and sharing a range of perspectives on matters of concern including, but not limited to, spiritual practices, faith communities and society, the nature of theology, and current affairs. It serves as a platform for STH students to share their academic work, theological reflections, and life experiences with one another and the wider community.