Department of Special Research Collections


The Department of Special Research Collections acquires, preserves, and makes accessible rare, valuable, or unique materials that support UC Santa Barbara students, faculty, and research programs, as well as the scholarly community. The department's holdings are non-circulating but are available for research in the reading room during posted hours.

NOTE: Beginning Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, through the end of the fall 2015 quarter in December, patrons will have very limited access to the materials in Special Research Collections as the department moves to its state-of-the-art new facilities in the expanded Library. We apologize for any inconvenience the move will cause, and are eager to welcome you into our new facilities in 2016.


All requests to use our department's materials can now be made online using your Special Collections Research Account. Visit our announcement page for more info. Before visiting the Department of Special Research Collections, we recommend that you check our 'Planning Your Research' page to avoid any delays or inconveniences as well as our Building Project Update from our University Librarian.

Browsing Collections

Special Research Collections acquires materials by gift, transfer, and purchase, in accordance with general library procedures.

For general questions, please email us at special [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu or call (805) 893-3062.

Manuscript Stacks
UCSB Campus, c. 1960s. University Archives Photographs collection. UArch 112.
Cassell's popular natural history ... London, New York, Cassell, Petter & Galpin
Soviet 78rpm Record
Verdi, Giuseppe, La Traviata air /Paris: Cylindres Edison Moulés Sur Or, [betwee
Mining. Box 28. George D. Eagleton Stereoview Collection. Mss 255.
Bible. [Illuminated manuscript of the Latin Bible] [S.l.: s.n., ca. 1250?] Speci
Kelly [Frank K.] Oral History. OH 123. Department of Special Collections, Davids
Book spines from Rare Book Collection
Film Reel from Performing Arts Collection
Bible. [Illuminated manuscript of the Latin Bible] [S.l.: s.n., ca. 1250?] Speci