The library’s cylinder recordings are available online through the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project. Portions of the archives of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions are also available online.
Sound recordings in the collections are available for listening in the Special Collections reading room. We are able to make in-house copies of audio materials when requested by patrons. Requests can be submitted using your Special Collections Research Account online. Copies of commercial recordings such as 78rpm discs can often be made quickly, while larger requests may take longer depending on availability of equipment and staff time. Please contact the Special Collections staff well in advance of deadlines to ensure that we can have copies available. Copies do not leave Special Collections, except for use by UCSB Faculty or TAs in classroom.
Offsite use through Interlibrary Loan
CD copies of most sound recordings (78s, cylinders and other items) can be provided via Melvyl Request to students and faculty at other UC campuses or through Inter Library Loan (ILL) to researchers unable to travel to Santa Barbara. Many, but not all, items from the collections can be provided via ILL. Commercially issued 78s are routinely loaned; however, some unpublished material cannot be loaned due to copyright or donor agreements. All items loaned are specified "in-house" use only and copying is not allowed. UC students and faculty can request an item through Melvyl Request or through their local ILL office. Remote researchers should request items through the Interlibary loan office at their local library.
Copies for offsite use
Off-campus researchers unable to use the Inter Libary Loan system may still obtain copies for a fee. Requests can be submitted using your Special Collections Research Account online. Please see our Audio/Visual Materials Copying Fees and Restrictions for more information. The University of California rarely holds copyright to the recordings in the collections. Permission to reproduce recordings still under copyright must be secured from the copyright holder.