Digital Collections

The Library has committed to converting its entire collection into digital format and to making its collection freely available worldwide.

Digital Repositories

High resolution images from the Library's archive of early American images, map collection, and political cartoon collection are available through Luna. Scans of over 10,000 full books are available through Internet Archive.

Access Luna

Access Internet Archive

Open access and citation

The Library considers its extraordinary collection of books, maps, and prints an inalienable resource that has been protected and curated for nearly two centuries, but it also understands the value these sources have for potential audiences throughout the world. The digital revolution has made sharing the collection easier than ever before, allowing us to adopt an open access policy that will help our materials reach anyone who is interested in using them.

These materials are made available under a Creative Commons License (click here for that policy). By downloading any images from our site, you agree to the terms of that license. We ask that anyone who uses the Library’s material include the following attribution: "Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library." Finally, we would very much look forward to hearing from you if and when you use materials from the Library for publication. E-mail us here.

How to download images

The Library provides access to books that have been digitized (click here), and provides access to individual images and maps that have been digitized (click here). When looking through images and maps on LUNA, take note of the grey 'Export' button within the frame. If you click this button, you can download the item in the size that would best suit your needs. You will get a high-resolution image whether you choose the small option (15 MB) or extra-extra large (344 KB).  On Internet Archive, you also have the option to download digitized books in a format that suits you. Scroll down past the black frame until you see the white screen with the material's metadata. On the right hand side of this information, you will see a light grey panel labeled "Download Options" where you can choose to download the book as a PDF, Kindle item, among other options.


Please contact Library staff to inquire about materials that are not yet available online.