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About Institutional Repositories

Institutional Repositories (IRs) bring together all of a University's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research. IRs are an excellent vehicle for working papers or copies of published articles and conference papers. Presentations, senior theses, and other works not published elsewhere can also be published in the IR. The Legal Institutional Repository and Archives (LIRA) is an open access repository of intellectual and creative works. The Boston College Law Library manages LIRA to foster a community of scholars through the sharing of ideas.



The intellectual inquiry and creative expression of Boston College Law School's faculty, staff and students often result in work that has the potential to benefit people outside of the Law School. LIRA provides a way for members of the BC community to not only share with those within their disciplines but to also allow their work to be discovered and used in new and unanticipated ways.

LIRA also provides a consistent, long-term home for work created at Boston College Law School. By contributing their work to LIRA, the Law School community can be assured that their documents and files will be preserved and be available in perpetuity (which is helpful when placing links to work on resumes, websites, etc.).


What can be put in LIRA?

Any type of file can be made accessible through the repository: documents, audio files, video files, data sets, presentation slides, research posters, software code, etc.

Currently, LIRA has articles, monographs, book chapters, critically appraised papers, original research reports, photographs, videos, essays, legal documents, and archival transcriptions.