For the convenience of our researchers and to facilitate their use of our collections, Burns Library supports both self-service photography and staff-filled copy requests.
Burns Library has an online request management system. As you identify what you would like to see from our library catalog, click the "Request scans from Burns Library" link.
When prompted to sign-in, either use the Boston College sign-in box to register as a researcher using your BC username password or use the Guest Researcher box to create an account without a BC username.
Once you've reviewed our registration policies and filled out the registration form, you'll return to the Copy Request formTo complete the form:
When the request is completed, you'll receive an email prompting you to log into your Burns Library Account and download the scans.
John J. Burns Library will only supply permission letters for collection items when the Trustees of Boston College are the copyright holder and Burns Library has been authorized to act on their behalf. In most cases, John J. Burns Library is not the copyright holder of its collections. The original authors or their heirs may retain copyright to the materials.
Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of materials, determining fair use, and/or obtaining any permissions that may be required for quoting, copying, recording, photographing, filming, reproducing, publishing, performing, displaying, or distributing the materials. The researcher assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
By creating Burns Library accounts and using Burns Library services, researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless Boston College, its agents and employees against all claims, demands, costs, and expenses incurred by copyright infringement or any other legal or regulatory cause of action arising from the use of photocopies or reproductions of Burns Library materials.
Burns Library staff are unable to provide in depth guidance on copyright/permissions. If researchers want to seek permission to use materials currently under copyright, it is their responsibility to identify, locate, and contact the copyright holder. The following resources may be of some assistance:
Copyright and intellectual property rights have been transferred to the Trustees of Boston College for this collection. The Bobbie Hanvey Photographic Archives are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please review this licensing and conduct your own risk assessment.
To request publication permission based on these terms and conditions, you must complete and submit the online permission form. Requests are addressed in the order in which they are received, and take up to a month to be processed.
Citations will be provided in the written response, but the format should be as follows: