BPL Databases & eBooks

Accessing Boston Public Library Resources

To access the BPL databases and eBooks for this project, you must have a physical Boston Public Library card OR a BPL eCard number.

If you have a physical Boston Public Library card, then do not sign up for an eCard. Instead, check with one of our librarians about how to proceed.


Click here to sign up. Write down or remember your PIN.

Check your email for your BPL number.

Use the BPL eCard number and PIN to sign in and use the databases.

Boston Public Library’s Art and Architecture Databases are available here.

Recommended BPL Databases & eBooks

Reference Sources:

Note: You will only find famous artists in these reference sources.

Article Databases:

Possible Primary Sources (e.g., show reviews):

Citation Generators


Noodletools (login or sign up using LSRHS Google account info)

Note about databases and eBooks: Most entries provide a formatted citation, usually at the end of the article. Use one of the above generators to create a citation if the database does not do it for you.