Visit Special Research Collections

Plan your visit to Special Research Collections

NOTE: Limited access due to move

Beginning Monday, Oct. 19, 2015, through the end of the fall 2015 quarter in December, patrons will have limited access to all materials in Special Research Collections as the department moves to its state-of-the-art new facilities in the expanded Library. Some materials might be accessible via paging, to be determined on a case-by-case basis. We apologize for any inconvenience the move will cause, and are eager to welcome you into our new facilities in 2016. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Public Service staff at 805-893-3062 or special [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu.

Deciding on a time and date

Though individuals do not need to make an appointment ahead of time to use the collections, we recommend that requests be placed ahead of time using the Special Collections Research Account online system. We especially recommend this to out-of-town researchers or researchers working on time-sensitive projects along with contacting the Reading Room staff at least two weeks ahead of your visit. Some materials need to be retrieved from off-site and will not be immediately available without advance notice. All researchers looking at a broad range of materials will benefit from submitting their requests through the Special Collections Research Account system ahead of time so that we may assemble the requested materials in advance of your visit. Additionally, you may want to contact one of our curators or other Special Research Collections staff for more in-depth reference assistance.

Please check the department’s hours to ensure that Special Research Collections is open during your visit. Be aware that we have limited hours during summer and academic recess.

Requesting audio/visual materials prior to visit

Audiovisual materials must be requested ahead of time because it may be necessary to reformat the materials before they can be accessed. For more information on accessing audio/visual materials, please visit: Access to the Sound Recordings.