Visiting the Library
All Scholars are Welcome Here.
The 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.
Please note, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we must limit access to our physical space to only current Boston University students, faculty, and staff who are cleared to be on campus. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information or opportunities for access.
- • Information on borrowing privileges and directions to the library below. View information for BTI, BLC, Atla Visitors.
- • Use BU Libraries Search to find books, articles, and other resources.
- • View information about library spaces, including viewing current seat usage and availability.
- • Get contact information for library staff.
- • Connect to our Wi-Fi as a visitor.
- • Contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns.
- • Learn about our collection of holdings, search our archival holdings, and find our archives and research collection hours and policies.
- • Suggest a book purchase.
- • Learn about the library’s assessment program.
- • Support the Library
Borrowing Privileges at the Theology Library
Through agreements with the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium, Boston Library Consortium, and a borrowing program through Atla, you may be eligible for borrowing privileges! We also allow local area clergy borrowing privileges. Fill out our application here and turn it into the School of Theology Library circulation desk. Learn more about the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium (BTI), Boston Library Consortium (BLC), and Atla Reciprocal Borrowing Program. Note that Visiting Researchers may be granted borrowing privileges only with the authorization of the Dean, while other visitors need approval of the Head Librarian.
The Boston University School of Theology Library is located in the heart of the Boston University Campus, at 745 Commonwealth Avenue. The building is adjacent to the Marsh Chapel, on the west side of the plaza. The library is on the second floor. To enter the library, you must use the doors closest to the elevators. Doors located in other sections of the library are for emergency use only. It is strongly recommended, if at all possible, to take public transportation while visiting the School of Theology Library.
By Public Transportation
• By Green Line. The B Line (running to Boston College outbound, and Park Street inbound) runs right outside the School of Theology. Get off at Boston University Central and cross the westbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue towards Marsh Chapel. The entrance to the School of Theology is directly across from the stop. The C Line stop St. Mary’s Street (running to Cleveland Circle outbound and North Station inbound) is about a ten minute walk from the School of Theology, heading down St.Mary’s St. towards Commonwealth Avenue.
• By MBTA Bus. Several MBTA buses stop near the School of Theology, including the 57 Bus (running between Kenmore Station and Watertown Yard, via Allston/Brighton) which stops right outside the front door of the School of Theology. The 47 bus (running between Central Square, Cambridge and BU Medical Center) and the CT2 (running between Sullivan Square, Charlestown and Ruggles) stop about a five minute walk from the School of Theology. Several buses stop at Kenmore Station, a short trolley or 57 Bus ride away from the School of Theology, including the 8 bus (UMASS Boston via B.U. Medical Center), the 19 bus (Fields Corner via Grove Hall), the 60 bus (Chestnut Hill via Brookline Village), and the 65 bus (Brighton Center and Washington St.). Consult MBTA.com for scheduling information.
• By BU Bus. The BU Bus, connecting the BU Medical Campus with the Charles River Campus, stops close to the entrance of the School of Theology Library. The BU Bus is free for all BU-affiliated students, faculty, and staff.
BU provides general directions to campus from the north, southeast, south, and west. If you are driving, there are parking meters on Commonwealth Avenue, Bay State Road, and some roads in Brookline. The Granby Lot (665 Commonwealth Ave.) is the closest pay lot for visitors. The School of Theology Library is located in an area that is very accessible by public transportation, but an area that’s susceptible to a lot of automobile traffic. As we are in Boston, parking is usually at a premium. To repeat, it is strongly encouraged, if at all possible, to take public transportation to the School of Theology Library.