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Find Digital Collections

Reference & Instruction Services at Burns Library

Finding Digitized Material

Burns Library has digitized selected books, manuscripts and photographs to be freely available online. 

Digitized archival content is searchable and linked from Search Burns Archives, a tool that allows you to search a detailed inventory for one collection, or across descriptions of all archival materials and helps researchers to build a relevant request list for research visits or copy requests.

For more tutorials on this tool, see our  Search Burns Archives (Archival Collections) documentation. 

Objects that have been digitized and described include a link to a viewer.


From the viewer, click the download button and right click to use the Save Image As function. 

If you are unable to visit the reading room and are only interested in what is available digitally, you can ”Limit to Digital Materials” as a record type in your search. 

To browse all formats of digitized collections and images, click on "BC Digitized Collections" on the catalog advanced search page:

The BC Digitized Collection landing page allows you to browse collections and, after selecting a collection, browse the individual images within each collection.

To search across all digitized images through the library catalog, change the search scope to "BC Digitized Collections" and choose your keywords.

Limit search scope to BC Digitized Collections


As you find items you wish to view, use the "BC Digitized Collections" link in each catalog record to see the image.

Find Online link in catalog record

From the viewer, click the download button and right click to use the Save Image As function.

Finding Digitized Newspapers

A selection of digitized newspapers are available at Boston College Newspapers. Some highlights include:

All the newspapers are full-text searchable as well as browsable by date.