Class Visits

Our seminar room is available primarily for UC Santa Barbara classes who are using Special Research Collections materials. Other groups and their instructors, who plan to use these materials are welcome to inquire about the room's availability. Special Research Collections staff may be available for assistance or consultation as needed.

Please contact the Reading Room via email at special [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu or call (805) 893-3062 to discuss reserving and using the seminar room for your class.

We ask that all instructors create a Special Collections Research Account and familiarize themselves with department rules and procedures and select their materials before arranging to bring their class to the department. Please see Rules for Use of Special Collections Materials.

Instructors who would like to have their students use our materials as part of their classes should also contact the Reading Room to ensure that their students will be able to use the selected materials. Students should be familiar with Special Research Collections rules and policies prior to their arrival. All students using materials individually will need to register online through the Special Collections Research Account webpage, provide photo identification, and agree to abide by our rules and policies.

When contacting staff, please be ready to provide the following information about the intended class visit/class research:

  • Date and time of intended visit(s)
  • Size of class. Seminar room can comfortably fit 10-15 students.
  • Course title/number & description.
  • Syllabus or any additional information such as expected due dates & assignment details/requirements. This information is extremely useful to our front office staff when interacting with your students.

Advance notice is not required to have your class or group view exhibits in our front lobby. However, if you will be needing further explanation or assistance with viewing our exhibits, please contact the Reading Room staff to arrange for assistance.