University Archives: Course Description Requests

Most recent catalogs starting from 2006/2007 to the current year are available online. Microfilm copies from 1916-2004 are available in the Main Library for patron use. They can be found in the Microfilm Area LD781.S3 U55. The University Archives in the Department of Special Collections has copies of the General Catalog from 1916 to the most current issue. Please follow the instructions below to obtain course descriptions.

The Department of Special Collections does not have copies of course syllabuses. These sometimes can be obtained from the individual departments. We also do not have access to student records and/or transcripts, nor can we answer questions on course policies, grading, etc. For these issues please contact the UCSB Office of the Registrar.

Remote requests

To obtain course descriptions by mail, please email us the following information:

  • Your full name and mailing address
  • Course number(s) and title(s) - i.e. ENG 10, Introduction to Literary Study
  • Academic school year or quarter & year taken - i.e. 2004/2005 or Spring 2005

For reproduction and shipping rates, please see our Overview of Duplication Fees.

Requests can be sent via our Contact Form.

Requests can also be made in-person at our Reference Desk.  Copies are made with a library copy card and are usually available by the following business day. 

Overview of Fees

In-person Requests
In-person request for photocopies: $0.10 per page

Mailed Photocopies
Phone and email requests for photocopies: $0.25 per page
Shipping fee: $7 USPS; $25 FedEx international

Processing fee: $10

Faxed Photocopies

$5 for first page and $1 for each additional page (5 pages limit).

$10 processing fee

Fees should be paid by check or money order made out to “UC Regents” and mailed to:
Department of Special Collections
Davidson Library
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106