The Boston University School of Theology Library, located on the entire second floor of the School of Theology, is an autonomous BU Library that serves the School of Theology community on campus. Our goal as an institution is to build a library that supports the School of Theology in its mission to “cultivate leaders for communities of faith, to enrich the academy, and to seek peace with justice in a diverse and interconnected world.” We collect in areas that support the curriculum of the School of Theology (e.g. Biblical studies, the history of Christianity, theological ethics, doctrinal theology, practical theology, liturgy and homiletics, and Christian education), areas of interest to our STH community, and build upon our already existing and unique collections.
This guide serves to introduce you to some (but certainly not all) of the unique collections (beyond what is discoverable in our catalog) built by the School of Theology Library. Many of our special collections are available in our closed stack Archives and Research Collection, which contains a wealth of unique records and items of historical value created by the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, the School of Theology, and others.
Discover some of our library's hidden treasures by toggling through the different tabs on the top of the page.
Our Archives and Research Collection, which contains many of the collections listed on this page, is located on site in the closed stacks of the School of Theology Library (745 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 201C. Boston, MA 02215).
Have questions about archival policies? Click here. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org) before you plan your visit to the library. Hours of operation for the School of Theology Library and Archives and Research Collection can be found here and directions to the library can be found here. It is recommended to take public transportation to visit the library, if at all possible; the School of Theology Library building (745 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, Massachusetts 02215) is conveniently located directly across from the BU Central stop of the MBTA’s Green Line (B Train). Note there are several other MBTA buses and trolleys that service the area.
Items located in the School of Theology Archives will have an accession number and not a call number. Give a staff member the accession number and they will pull the item from closed stacks. Research Collection materials do not circulate.