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Law Library Services Update - COVID-19

We encourage students to study at home as much as possible, and to only use the library study space:

  1. If they are already on campus and waiting for a class to begin;
  2. If they lack adequate study space in their living space.

We also strongly encourage students to limit their time in the Law Library to less than 3 hours in order to ensure there is enough space for others to make use of the resources and facilities.
Studying at home as much as possible helps to maintain the health and safety of our entire community—thank you for doing your part in this important effort.

Checking In at the Library

Until further notice, the law library will be requiring students to complete a short Google Form each time you enter the library. You can access the form by scanning the QR code on the sign located near the library's security gates or by typing the URL (also on the sign) into your web browser. You can also access the form here.

Most smartphones allow you to scan QR codes by simply opening the camera app and pointing it steadily at the QR code for a few seconds. If your phone is not equipped to automatically scan QR codes, you can download one of a number of QR-code-scanner apps to your phone or type the provided URL into your web browser.

The form asks for some basic contact information that will help the university with contact tracing should the need arise.

Library Policies

During the Spring 2021 semester, the following policies are in place to promote the health and safety of all users:

  • A mask must be worn at all times while in the Library, including in bathrooms, carrels, and group study rooms.
  • No food or drink are allowed in the Library.
  • Use the provided disinfectant wipes and/or disinfectant spray and paper towels to wipe down your work area both before and after use.
  • Observe all posted guidelines regarding study room and table capacities; do not use any seats that have been taped off. 
  • Wherever possible, maintain 6ft of distance between yourself and other Library users
  • Only the Law School community (current students, faculty, and staff) are allowed to access the Law Library

Study Rooms

The Law Library’s study rooms will be available for single users to attend online classes. The study rooms will not be available for group study as they were in the past. The room reservation system is thus for single users who need a space to participate in a virtual class while on campus. 

The doors to the study rooms must be kept open to improve ventilation. 

Due to anticipated demand, individual students will not be able to create advance reservations for an individual study room for the duration of the entire semester.

Rare Book Room

Due to COVID-19 and staffing restraints, we will not be able to welcome researchers onsite to view materials in our special collections. We will do our best to fulfill image requests, if possible. Please email curator Laurel Davis at davislp@bc.edu with any inquiries.

Law students are welcome to use the room as a quiet study space when it is open (hours may be irregular) but are required to wear a mask and physically distance from other users.