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 for additional information or opportunities for access.

Library Visitors

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.