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The guide for faculty at the BU School of Theology Library. Click on the BU School of Theology bar above to return to our website home page.

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STH Library Quick Facts

Remember: Bookmark the Theology Library's website,, and visit us for all your research needs! All the information in this guide is available on that website. Search books and articles with the BU Libraries search, or use the quick links to access the ATLA Religion Database, our Archival Database, and more!

  • Your BU ID (Terrier Card) is your library card!
  • Faculty can check out items from the STH Library's open stacks and oversize collections for one year! (Graduate students have 133 days; alumni, undergraduates, and visitors have 28 days). These items can be renewed at the end of loan period (see here).
  • Return items from any BU Library (including Mugar Library) here.
  • Behind our circulation desk is the course reserve section. Textbooks for your class can be borrowed here, and are limited to the time stated on the book and in the catalog (2 hours, 3 days, or 7 days). These items cannot be renewed. See the Faculty Course Reserve page for more information.
  • We have more than just books! Check out DVDs, cell phone chargers, book holders, and A/V cords!
  • You are not limited to just our library! Borrow from all other BU Libraries, and libraries throughout Boston! See more here.
  • We are able to request books that we don't own from libraries throughout the world! Learn more about our interlibrary loan service here for more heavy-duty research.
  • We have a large archives/research collection with some very special materials. Learn more about it here.

Information about borrowing in-person at other libraries or requesting items through interlibrary loan can be found on our interlibrary loan page.

Academic Year Hours

School of Theology Library Hours

Monday – Thursday 8am – 9pm
Friday 8am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 6pm
Closed on Sundays and Holidays

Ask a Librarian at the Reference Desk: Monday-Thursday 10:30am – 3:30pm, email after hours
Archival and Research Collection Hours (by appointment)*

Monday  10:30am – 4:30pm
Tuesday  10:30am – 6pm
Wednesday 10:30am – 7:30pm
Thursday 1:00pm – 9pm
Friday  10:30am – 5pm
Closed on Weekends and Holidays

*An appointment is required to access the church records and the other archival collections at Boston University School of Theology Library. Please call or email (617-353-1323 or before you plan your visit to the library.

Note that our hours differ during intercession and during the summer!

Library staff is available to provide research support specific to coursework inside or outside of the classroom. Librarians can offer information on searching library resources, provide guidance on using bibliographic managers, or discuss ways to locate materials unavailable at a BU Library. Please contact the library at to make any arrangements.

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Note: RefWorks Information

If you created a RefWorks account before July 2016, you may be running what is considered “Legacy RefWorks.” Legacy RefWorks users log in using the URL instead of the newer to access citations.

ProQuest has announced they are ending support sometime in the future for the legacy RefWorks. We suggest that you consider moving to the newer RefWorks platform. You will be able to migrate your citations to the new platform.

Visit and click on “Create an account.” Enter your BU email address and create an account.

Following this, click on the plus sign in the new RefWorks interface and choose the "Import references" option. The system will then walk you through an import of everything saved to your old RefWorks account.

Tools for Helping Students

Our goal is to assist faculty members in research and teaching students. Contact library staff to set up in-class instruction sections (from research methods, to plagiarism avoidance, to evaluating resources), or feel free to refer students to the following:

Guides, Videos, and Tutorials

Library staff is frequently creating and sharing new guides, videos, and tutorials to our website for the benefit of our users, both at the point of need and here!

Getting Started at the Theology Library
• Introduction to the Theology Library Brochure, Side 1 and Side 2
Research Guides
Guide to MyPrint
Using Databases and Finding Articles

Avoiding Plagiarism
Plagiarism and Citing Sources Brochure

Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary Loan Handout
Requesting Resources Not at BU: Using ILLiad to Place ILL Requests
Borrow In-Person at Other Libraries in Boston

Archival Research
Records Management at Local Churches and accompanying handout.
Conducting Archival Research

Dissertation Information
Thesis Formatting Requirements
Guide for Theses and Dissertations

Non-English Resources
Multi-Lingual Glossary of Library Terms

Faculty and TF-RF Guides
Borrowing Privileges for TFs and RFs


School of Theology Librarians