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Rare Books and Manuscripts Department

Address
Rare Books and Manuscripts Dept.
Boston Public Library
Boylston St. Building, 3rd Floor
700 Boylston St.
Boston, Massachusetts 02116

Contact info
Rarebooks@bpl.libanswers.com
Day                 Hours
Monday:          TBA
Tuesday:         TBA
Wednesday:    TBA
Thursday:        TBA
Friday:             TBA
Saturday:        CLOSED
Sunday:          CLOSED

 

Overview

Rare Books and Manuscripts Department collections are listed in a variety of catalogs, both off- and online. Several different tools are available to make searching these catalogs and finding collections easier.

To search now, scroll down. To learn more, click the Find Books, Find Manuscripts, or Find Archives tabs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online Search Links

Catalog search box

  • Good online catalog if searched by author or exact title
  • Must "broaden search" to see full keyword results list 
  • Default view displays partial description only
  • About 90% of manuscripts and 30% of all rare books are listed

Research catalog search box

  • Best online catalog for rare books and manuscripts
  • Easier viewing of keyword search results
  • Default display shows full description
  • About 90% of manuscripts and 30% of all rare books are listed

Digitized card catalog search box

  • Much more complete than online catalogs
  • Exact copy of physical card catalog
  • Limited keyword searching
  • Digitization still in progress

Digitized manuscript card catalog search box

  • Slightly more complete than online catalogs
  • Exact copy of physical card catalog
  • Search manuscripts and archives
  • Limited keyword searching

Archives search box

  • Search and browse archival finding aids
  • Selected subset of collections are currently listed

 

Digital Commonwealth search box

  • Search selection of digitized BPL special collections
  • High-quality, fully downloadable images