Special Collections: Search & Discover
While we are working towards making our collections searchable and accessible online, many of our collections are described in card catalogs, inventories, and other systems that are not currently electronically searchable. While some of our key discovery tools are linked here, please contact us if you are having trouble finding something or want to check if we hold additional material not described in the discovery tools. We are happy to use our internal search tools to assist in identifying materials relevant to your interests.
Search Strategies by Department
Description methods and preferred searching tools vary within the Arts, Archives, and Rare Books & Manuscripts departments. For more specifics on the best strategies for each department, check that department’s searching guide. If you are unsure which department would be best to check, contact us and we’ll be happy to help you get started searching.
Searching by Department
Rare Books & Manuscripts
More Research Centers at BPL
Explore more of BPL’s extensive research collections available for use within Central Library, including newspapers and magazines on microfilm, government documents, and the research library. Research Services staff can assist you with finding collections for your use, whether for casual interest, school-related projects, or scholarly research. Maps, atlases, and other cartographic materials are located at the Leventhal Map & Education Center, located on the first floor of Central Library in Copley Square.