Searching the Collections

How to find what we have using our catalogs and digital repositories

Catalogs

Our holdings are cataloged in the BPL’s online search portal, Bibliocommons. You can enter an advanced search in the Bibliocommons search interface, but your result may return many non-LMEC objects such as downloadable audiobooks.

Use the search below to begin a custom query that will search only for LMEC items, by filtering out many of the most common non-cartographic materials that may appear in the search results.

Alternative catalog

Some users may prefer to use the alternative MBLN catalog for searching, which in some cases offers access to more detailed record information.

Caveats regarding catalog searches

While we make every effort to ensure that our online catalog matches our holdings, there may be cases in which the catalog records including missing or insufficient detail. Some catalog records have been produced by batch conversion processes which may have introduced error into the records. Some objects, especially large series and archival material, are not fully cataloged at the item level. We retain legacy copies of card catalogs and other finding aids to help locate material which is not discoverable in the online catalogs. For more assistance, and to find material which does not appear in the online catalogs, make an appointment with a reference librarian.

Searching digital collections

Our digital collections are found on several different repositories; see the Digital Collections section for more information about how our digitized material is divided across these systems.

To make a quick search of our two largest digital repositories, the Digital Collections Portal and Internet Archive, use the quick search tool. Open quick search in a new window

Advanced searches

To make searches filtered by years, creators, subject types, and format, try the following: