Department of Special Collections


The Department of Special Collections acquires, preserves, and makes accessible rare, valuable, or unique materials which support UCSB 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.


Before visiting the Department of Special Collections, we recommend that you check our 'Planning Your Research' page to avoid any delays or inconveniences.


Beginning on Monday July 7 and continuing throughout the summer, construction activities in Special Collections may result in delays retrieving materials for patrons and researchers. From July 30-August 10, construction will also impact the reading room and front office area. We suggest that patrons visiting from out of town, or on limited visiting schedules, consider the possibility of alternate dates for your visit in order to avoid construction disturbances and extended retrieval delays.

Browsing Collections

Special 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