In Catalog Advanced Search consider one of these strategies in addition to your search terms:
Limit Your Search
Use Local Collection Names (Change "Anywhere in record" to "Local collection")
Use Subject Keywords for Form/Genre (Change "Anywhere in record" to "Subject")
Try Keywords in Title (Change "Anywhere in record" to "Title")
Burns Library has an online request management system. As you identify what you would like to see, click the "Use in Burns Library" link in the catalog record.
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 request form.
To complete the form:
The reading room staff will have the materials ready for your visit. You'll simply need to show a school or government-issued ID and take a photograph to finish your registration process.
It is easiest to find books or archival collections from Burns Library through the advanced search in the library catalog.
From the advanced search:
For archival collections, the finding aid for a collection can be found under the "Links" section at the bottom of the catalog record. If there is no link to a finding aid available, contact our reference staff for further assistance in requesting this collection.
Burns Library has an online request management system. As you identify what you would like to see, use the "Schedule visit to use in Burns Library" link to arrange a visit to use these materials. For more information, see the Burns Library website.
Selected manuscripts and photographs have been digitized and are freely available online.
To browse collections and images, click on "BC Digitized Collections" on the catalog 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.
As you find items you wish to view, use the "BC Digitized Collections" link in each catalog record to see the image.
For published material from Burns Library, along with other digitized books from Boston College, check the Internet Archive. There are over 2,000 volumes available online in the Internet Archive-Boston College digital collection. Boston College contributions include Jesuitica, Medieval Philosophy, and Irish History texts, as well as the Boston College Sub Turri yearbook, the Newton College of the Sacred Heart Well yearbook, and Boston College alumni magazines.
A selection of digitized newspapers are available at newspapers.bc.edu. All the newspapers are full-text searchable as well as being browsable by date. Some highlights include: